A glimpse of Pre-Islamic Afghanistan: the Buddhist site of Tapa Sardar

Project specs




Anna Filigenzi



Funding agency

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE); Gerda Henkel Stiftung; University of Naples L’Orientale




This video brings to life the history of the architectural remains of an important Buddhist site set high on a hill overlooking the city of Ghazni in modern-day Afghanistan. The 1,800-year-old monastery complex has been excavated by the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan. It opens a window into the ancient Buddhist art of Afghanistan, its embedded meanings, and its impact on the society of those times.

Researcher Profile

Anna Filigenzi
Associate Professor in Indian Archaeology and Art History at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She is the director of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan since 2004, and a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Pakistan since 1984. She is a member of several scientific institutions, in Italy and abroad.

Giulia Forgione
Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where she also graduated in Archaeology and received her PhD. She is a member of the Italian Archaelogical Mission in Afghanistan since 2014. Her research area is the Archaeology and History of Art of Central Asia, with particular focus on the clay and stucco sculpture of pre-Islamic Afghanistan (III/IV sec. – X/XI sec.).

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