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Mes Aynak, Priceless but Endangered

A major theme in my novel is how mining threatens to destroy archaeological ruins in Afghanistan. My story is fiction but inspired by real-life events in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan. A Chinese company plans to mine for copper at the same site where an ancient Buddhist city is buried. Not cool.

Here's a stupa, a structure containing Buddhist relics.

Image Credit:  Pre-Islamic Afghan shrine by Jerome Starkey, licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0

Check out the following for more information:

The Guardian article: Mes Aynak: Afghanistan's Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction

"The Buddhas of Aynak" Facebook page.