Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949
Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949

Collection of Photographs from the First American Archaeological Expedition to Afghanistan, 1949

Approximately 150 black and white photographs, almost all either 7 x 9.5 or 5 x 7 inches, showing various aspects of a 1949 archaeological expedition led by Walter Fairservis Jr. (1921-1994), then a graduate student at Harvard. About half with old (now inert) glue residue visible on the backs, most curling a bit at the edges, a few with creasing, but generally very good. Fairservis and his team (which included Louis Dupree and Henry Hart) were the first Americans to conduct archaeological fieldwork in Afghanistan, surveying the territory from Bamyan to Kandahar, Farah, the north Seistan plaine, and the Helmand Valley south of Kajakai. Their journey is generally called the "First Afghan Expedition," but the young archaeologists also explored the Quetta Valley of Pakistan. About half of the photographs in this collection (which comes from Fairservis' estate) have some identifying information on the back, although the level of detail varies. There are images of Afghan workers and farmers, landscape, architecture, many archaelogical sites, some artifacts, and a few street scenes and shots of the archaeologists interacting with locals. There is a group of 14 photos showing the Nad-i-Ali Fort in Helmand Province; a group of 9 showing Shahr-i-Zohak in Bamiyan Province; and a group of 12 showing the town of Girishk (Helmand Province) and surrounding area. A sampling of other captions includes "Afghan customs post at junction of road to Kabul," "View of the Bamiyan Valley in the Central Hindu Kush," "Clay rattles and bangles, Quetta Culture, Baluchistan," "Bodshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan," "Flood in Pakistan en route to Kabul," "Seistan by the Farah Rud, preparing to leave en route to the south," "Remains of an ancient palace at Peshawarun," "Afghan physical type -- a friendly Afghan who found humor in everything," "Beehive houses on the Perso-Afghan frontier -- Seistan." A link to additional images is available on request.

Item #21340

Price: $1,200.00