The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has started the third round of archeological excavations at Mes Aynak copper mine in Logar province.
More than 4,000 relics have been recovered from the sites in the past nine years, the acting minister of information and culture, Mohammad Rasul Bawari, said.
The minister and his team visited the archaeological sites on Saturday.
The program, Bawari said, will continue for three years and has been funded by the World Bank.
“More than 600 rare relics and valuables were recovered by archaeologists,” he said.
Beneath the sites in Logar, an archaeologist says, lies an ancient city with valuable and ancient relics.
Archaeologists have recently found many temples, buddha statues and relics at the site.
An archaeologist from the ministry, Sultan Massoud, said some relics and structures discovered during excavations in the area date back 5,000 years.
“We can introduce a different image of Afghanistan to the world through cultural and archaeological activities,” Massoud said.
Logar Governor Mohammad Omar Ishaqzai said some recovered relics will be put on display at a local museum in Mohammad Agha district – where the Mes Aynak copper mine is located.
“These relics and findings show that many civilizations have lived here,” the governor said.
According to the Ministry of Information and Culture, work on the extraction of copper from the Mes Aynak mine will start after the archaeological excavations end.