The archaeology and architecture of Afghanistan have never been the subject of their own book before; through concise description and discussion Edgar Knobloch here reveals their importance both as works of art, and as symbols of the country's past, geography and character. Tracing the historical and cultural development of artistic and architectural styles, this book comprehensively examines the major sites, with detailed description of their buildings and decoration. The extent to which these structures were influences by Afghanistan's long history of war and invasion - from Alexander the Great to the present day - is discussed against a clear and informative outline of the country's past and present. Illustrated with evocative photographs of both monuments and daily life, the book describes in detail the artistic movements and achievements of Afghanistan, while constantly reminding the reader that these images, taken by the author in 1978, show a cultural heritage which may no longer exist. Edgar Knoblock studied Middle Eastern History at the Charles University and the Oriental Institute in Prague. He has visited, researched and photographed archaeological sites and architectural monuments throughout the Islamic world. His photographs have been exhibited at the British Museum, the Royal Geographic Society and the School of Oriental and African studies.