The initial archaeological assessment of DAFA in 2011 is the starting point for references to the activities of the Mes Aynak Archaeology Project. The work plan submitted by MCC is the basis for organizing a strategy and schedule for the archaeological operations at Mes Aynak. According to these their enabling works would be carried out in 3 staggered phases.
The first phase of works at Mes Aynak covers an area of approximately 230 000 m2 (The ‘Red Zone’). Within this 8 blocks of extensive archaeological remains have been identified covering 150 000 m2.
As stated above the first phase of archaeological operations are centred on 8 separate zones covering 150 000 m2. After some initial excavations it is possible to elaborate on the nature of these remains and the site can be divided into 3 archaeological zones from a functional perspective. The first two of these archaeological zones are contained within one the eight zones mentioned above. The remaining 6 are more peripheral to this central core.
Mes Aynak Archaeology