Events - The Classical Art Research Centre and The Beazley Archive - The University of Oxford



Saving Mes Aynak
Special Film Showing and Interview with Brent Huffman
Thursday 8th March 2018, 5-7pm

The extraordinary Silk Road archaeological site of Mes Aynak, 25 miles south-east of Kabul is one of the largest and most important in Afghanistan, and includes extensive remains of Buddhist art and architecture from the first millennium. But the vast copper deposits beneath the site, which contributed to its ancient prosperity, also represent a phenomenally valuable resource for a a modern country in need of investment, and in 2007 the site was leased to the China Metallurgical Group for £3 billion.

Following the rescue excavations that ensued and some of the personalities involved with the site, Brent E. Huffman's award-winning-winning 2014 documentary, Saving Mes Aynak, focused international attention on the threat to the archaeology and the tensions surrounding it.

As part of our Gandhara Connections project, supported by the Bagri Foundation and the Neil Kreitman Foundation, the Classical Art Research Centre is delighted to announce a special Oxford screening of Saving Mes Aynak, followed by an interview with the director, which will highlight recent developments and probe some of the complexities of the site's predicament.

Thursday 8th March 2018, 5-7pm, followed by a reception.

Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LU.

All are welcome, but please email us to book a place at


Gandhara Connections International Workshop 2018:
The Geography of Gandharan Art

Our 2018 workshop is planned for Thursday 22nd to Friday 23rd March, 2018. It will address the geography of artistic production in the Gandharan region. Please watch these webpages for further information and details of the programme as it takes shape.

Read the abstract here