Afghanistan Cultural Heritage Consulting Organisation (ACHCO)


The following is a list of assorted reading material on the cultural heritage of Afghanistan available online. While the library is being built, the references are listed in alphabetical order, and will be grouped by topic over time. Comments and queries can be sent to ACHCO Library.

  • Afghan Cultural Heritage Consulting Organisation (ACHCO), Conservation at Kuhandiz, Herat, 2016.  Dari and English
  • Islamic State of Afghanistan, Ministry of Justice, 'Law on the Protection of Historical and Cultural Properties (Issue No.: 828, 21 May 2004). Unofficial translation by Khalil Rahman for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization', edited by the Division of Cultural Heritage, UNESCO. Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University website, accessed on 9 Aug 2012
  • J. Leslie, 'Bush Bazar, Kabul', in P. Mörtenböck & H. Mooshammer (eds), Informal Market Worlds - Atlas (NAI Puplishers 2015) ISBN 978-94-6208-194-9.

  • D.C. Thomas, The ebb and flow of an empire: the Ghūrid polity of central Afghanistan in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. A thesis submitted in total fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Archaeology Program School of Historical and European Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, 3086, January 2012.

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Chapter 3, part 1
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Chapter 4
Chapter 5, part 1
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Chapter 6, part 1
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Chapter 6, part 3
Chapter 6, part 4
Chapter 6, part 5
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Chapter 6, part 7
Chapter 6, part 8
Chapter 7, part 1
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Chapter 7, part 3
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