Abdul Qadir Timori
|Name||Abdul Qadir Timori|
|Date of birth|
|Function/Grade||Afghan Institute of Archeology Director|
|History and Biodata||
Afghan Institute of Archaeology has 24 Archaeologists.
In 1966 the Institute of Archaeology was officially established as an institution in its own right under Italian-trained Director Dr Chaibai Mustamundi, with the aim of co-ordinating excavations, protecting archaeological sites and furthering the scientific study of the history of Afghanistan. In 1978 the Institute of Archaeology worked with Soviet archaeologists to excavate the Bactrian Gold Horde, one of the most amazing finds of the century. Although it became an independent institute in 1979 under the Department of Science, insecurity in the provinces during the 1980s and 1990s curtailed its work. Its original premises near Darulaman and Taj Beg Palaces, Kabul were damaged by rocket attacks and are still unusable. Since 2002 the Institute has been part of the Ministry of Information and Culture.
From the late 1950s the Pashtu Academy and the Historical Society began publishing findings of scholars and archaeologists in Pashtu, Dari, English and French, contributing significantly to the development of Afghan historical studies. Numerous articles and research papers were also written during the 1960s and 1970s about historical sites in Afghanistan, and now the Institute continues in that scholarly tradition by publishing the quarterly Afghanistan Archaeological Review as well as numerous research papers written by foreign delegations.
The Institute has a small Library of historic books, research papers and current research publications of both the Institute of Archaeology and the International Centre for Kushan Studies, which is housed in the same building.
The Institute currently has 10 researchers, all members of the Academy of Sciences, most of whom were trained at the Department of Archaeology at Kabul University. They regularly participate in national and international seminars and conferences. The Institute has been excavating one month each summer on Tepe Narenj south of Kabul since 2005 and in Mes Ainak, Logar Province since 2009.
In 2010, the Délégation archéologique Française en Afghanistan (DAFA), the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and a delegation from Japan were active in archaeological research and field work in Afghanistan.
Street address: Medina Bazaar, Qala-e-Fatullah, District 10, Kabul, Afghanistan