The old city was a "dramatic discovery" that could affect Afghanistan's future cultural life, says Robert Knox, head of the Oriental Department of the British Museum. If it turns out that Kaffir Got was built in the style of the Gandharan culture, that would be a whole new aspect of Afghan antiquity. For so far, this Buddhist culture, which reached its zenith in AD 50, was known only in northern Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The city was probably destroyed by fire and then abandoned by the residents. Charcoal traces in the sand suggest this scenario, writes Ananova. However, Kaffir Got is not immune to destruction today: Unesco fears that finds could be sold on black markets and therefore demands guarding of the site.Carolin Muck