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10 Historic Sites In Asia Under Threat

The Global Heritage Fund recently released a list of Asia's 10 most significant archaeological and heritage sites that are under threat, due to factors such as development pressures, unsustainable tourism, insufficient management, looting, and war and conflict.

A worker at the site of an ancient Buddhist monastery discovered in Mes Aynak in the eastern Afghan province of Logar.
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A worker at the site of an ancient Buddhist monastery discovered in Mes Aynak in the eastern Afghan province of Logar.

An archaeologist walks at the monastery site at Mes Aynak in Afghanistan.
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An archaeologist walks at the monastery site at Mes Aynak in Afghanistan.

The remains of Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Afghanistan's Mes Aynak.
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The remains of Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery in Afghanistan's Mes Aynak.

The remains of a Buddha statue at Mes Aynak in Afghanistan.
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The remains of a Buddha statue at Mes Aynak in Afghanistan.

Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery at Mes Aynak
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Buddha statues discovered inside an ancient monastery at Mes Aynak

A herder sits with his cattle amid the medieval Taxila site in Pakistan's Punjab Province.
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A herder sits with his cattle amid the medieval Taxila site in Pakistan's Punjab Province.

Young women look at statues of Buddha on display in a museum at Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province.
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Young women look at statues of Buddha on display in a museum at Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province.

A view of an area in Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province
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A view of an area in Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province

Wall carvings at an ancient place of worship at Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province
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Wall carvings at an ancient place of worship at Taxila in Pakistan's Punjab Province

An original Buddha head (center top) sits among recently made copies at Taxila in Punjab Province in Pakistan.
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An original Buddha head (center top) sits among recently made copies at Taxila in Punjab Province in Pakistan.

A view of a flooded temple at Ayutthaya, Thailand
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A view of a flooded temple at Ayutthaya, Thailand

A restored section of a damaged wall in the Intramuros fortress in the Philippine capital, Manila
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A restored section of a damaged wall in the Intramuros fortress in the Philippine capital, Manila

The old city of Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region
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The old city of Kashgar in China's northwest Xinjiang region

Mahasthangarh in Bangladesh, one of South Asiaʼs earliest urban archaeological sites
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Mahasthangarh in Bangladesh, one of South Asiaʼs earliest urban archaeological sites

Myanmar's Myauk-U site just after sunrise
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Myanmar's Myauk-U site just after sunrise

Giant stone vessels are seen at the Plain of Jars near Phonsavan in Laos's Xieng Khouang Province.
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Giant stone vessels are seen at the Plain of Jars near Phonsavan in Laos's Xieng Khouang Province.

The Prasat Chen temple at Preah Vihear in Cambodia
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The Prasat Chen temple at Preah Vihear in Cambodia

The archaeological site at Rakhigarhi in India
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The archaeological site at Rakhigarhi in India

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