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The ancient town of Begram was founded by Alexander the Great at the confluence of two trading routes. Artefacts found during excavations by the Délégation archéologique Française en Afghanistan (DAFA) in the 1930s include carved ivory from India, lacquerware from China, Graeco-Roman bas reliefs and Graeco-Egyptian bronze and glassware from Phoenicia, dating from the 1st and 2nd centuries CE. The area was used as a military base by the Soviets, who built a large air-base close to the site, and today Begram is one of the largest US military installations in the region. Consequently the state of the archaeological area, which adjoins the base, is unclear.

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Period: Multi-period

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