Darra-e Kur

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Darra-e Kur
Darra-e Kur rock shelter
Darra-e Kur rock shelter
location in Afghanistan
Alternate name Bābā Darwīsh
Location northeast of Kalafgān near the village of Chinār-i Gunjus Khān
Region Badakhshan province, Afghanistan
Coordinates 36°47′N 70°00′E / 36.783°N 70.000°E / 36.783; 70.000Coordinates: 36°47′N 70°00′E / 36.783°N 70.000°E / 36.783; 70.000
Type rock shelter
Site notes
Excavation dates 1966
Archaeologists Louis Dupree

Darra-e Kūr or Bābā Darwīsh, is an archaeological site in Badakhshan province in Afghanistan. It is situated just northeast of Kalafgān near the village of Chinār-i Gunjus Khān 63 km (39.1 mi) east of Taloqan, on the road to Faizabad. The cave is situated atop the side of the valley near the hamlet of Bābā Darwīsh.

'Darra-e Kūr is a rock shelter, well-stratified in silt deposits, laid down by a stream. Approximately 800 stone implements were recovered, of two basic types: flint and sickle blades, and large diabase points. Other finds included celts, scrapers, pounders, blades, simple jewelry, fauna, such as fish, rodents, wild horse, domesticated sheep and goat and onager, a fragment of a human right temporal bone, many bone fossils and three fragments of tin and bronze. Unearthed pottery was mostly crude, black wares, sometimes decorated. The only architectural traces found were 80 post-holes, suggestive of tents. Three articulated goat burials were discovered.[1]




  1. ^ Hawks, John. "The Darra-i-Kur temporal bone". john hawks weblog. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. 

External links[edit]

  • Archaeological Gazetter of Afghanistan / Catalogue des Sites Archéologiques D'Afghanistan, Volume I, Warwick Ball, Editions Recherche sur les civilisations, Paris, 1982.