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Treasures of Afghanistan

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Photo: Fred Hiebert
Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Fredrik Hiebert has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and romantic places. An expert on the ancient Silk Road, he has excavated sites along this millennia-old link between Europe and East Asia. Following this most famous of trade routes led him to Afghanistan, where in 2004 he identified the Bactrian gold, a trove of Silk Road-era artifacts lost during Afghanistan’s decades of cultural upheaval. He has played a key role in recovering that country’s endangered cultural heritage, most recently by curating a traveling exhibition called “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul.”

Hiebert is also a pioneer of underwater archaeology, having searched for evidence of ancient settlements in the Black Sea, with underwater explorer Robert Ballard, and in South America’s Lake Titicaca. He extends his infectious enthusiasm for archaeology to the public through speaking engagements, film, and other media.

Popular Presentations

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures
Hiebert tells the dramatic story of the loss and recovery of priceless artifacts from some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in Central Asia.

Along the Silk Road
Hiebert describes his ongoing work from Egypt to Central Asia in search of artifacts from one of antiquity’s most important trade routes.

Learn More About Fred:

National Geographic Fellow Profile

National Geographic News: More Than 1,500 Stolen Afghan Artifacts Return to Kabul

Photo: Fred Hiebert

Listen to Radio Interview With Fred Hiebert

Boyd Matson Interviews Fred for NG Weekend Radio Show

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