A recent reconnaissance of the central Helmand Valley

Marc A. Abramiuk


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Archaeological fieldwork in the central Helmand Valley of modern-day Afghanistan has been sparse as a result of the region's remoteness and lack of security; the work that has been done suggests that the area has been occupied since prehistoric times. The Central Helmand Archaeological Study (CHAS) is the most recent archaeological field research to be conducted in the valley. It was launched in 2011 with the support of the US Marine Corps and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to locate and record archaeological sites in the region and to report any evidence of looting or damage (Abramiuk & Wong 2015). This paper reports on some early findings in the course of continuing analysis and provides a preliminary assessment.


  • Marc A. Abramiuk
    California State University Channel Islands, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 1 University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012, USA (Email: marc.abramiuk@csuci.edu)