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Renowned archaeologist Nancy Dupree passes away in Kabul

Renowned archaeologist Nancy Dupree passes away in Kabul

Sep 10, 2017 - 15:21

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US Citizen Nancy Dupree, a renowned historian and archeologist on Afghanistaninfo-icon, died at the age of 90 in Kabul early on Sunday.

She spent more than half of her life (53 years) in Afghanistan on academic research and tourism. She died of her illness at a hospital in Kabul.

Born in 1927 in India to American parents, Dupree first came to Afghanistan in 1962 as a diplomat’s wife. Several years later, she met Louis Dupree, a celebrated US archaeologist in Afghanistan.

She was the founder of the Afghanistan Information Center at Kabul University. She has written five books on Afghanistan tourism and the history of Bamyan, Kabul, Balkh provinces.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, meanwhile, expressed his heart-felt condolences over the death of Dupree and called it a huge loss.

President Ashraf Ghani also offered condolences to the family of Dpuree, her colleagues and historians of Afghanistan, according to a statement from his office.

“It is really sad to hear that Nancy, a renowned historian breathed her last due to illness,” the statement quoted President Ghani as saying.

He said Nancy considered Afghanistan her real home and willed to be buried in Kabul next to the tomb of her husband. She preferred during her illness to stay in Kabul.


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