Sar-i Sang

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Sar-e Sang

Sar-i Sang
Lazurite from Sar-e Sang
Lazurite from Sar-e Sang
Sar-e Sang is located in Afghanistan
Sar-e Sang
Sar-e Sang
Location in Afghanistan
Coordinates: 36°12′36″N 70°47′36″E / 36.21000°N 70.79333°E / 36.21000; 70.79333Coordinates: 36°12′36″N 70°47′36″E / 36.21000°N 70.79333°E / 36.21000; 70.79333
Country Afghanistan
ProvinceBadakhshan Province
Time zone+ 4.30
Another Sar-e Sang Lazurite crystal, with the classic deep azure-blue color. Crystal is 4.5 cm wide.

Sar-i Sang (or Sar-e Sang) is a settlement in the Kuran Wa Munjan District of Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, famous for its ancient lapis lazuli mines producing the world's finest lapis.[1]

Lapis lazuli mines[edit]

The Sar-i Sang lapis lazuli mine probably dates from proto-historic times. It consists of one old disused shaft and two new shafts. This was the main source of lapis lazuli in the ancient world, with lapis from here occurring in such famous archaeological discoveries as the Royal Treasure of Ur and the Tomb of Tutankhamun.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NGA GeoName Database". National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 2008-06-08. Retrieved 2008-06-11.
  2. ^ Warwick Ball, 2008, 'The Monuments of Afghanistan: History, Archaeology and Architecture': 261, London.

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