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039. Chehel Dukhtaran

Qunduz Province. Isolated mounds (tepes) in the sector west of the Qunduz Bala Hissar.

Dates: Achaemenid, 6th–4th century BC;
           Kushan and Hepthalo-Turk, 1st–9th century AD;
           Timurid, 15th-16th century (ceramic evidence).

The site consists of three distinct mounds:

(A) an oblong mound, measuring 40 by 30 meters, on an East-West axis, irregularly shaped by natural erosion and possibly digging. Along the west side, pottery extend 50 meters from the mound into fields of maize and cotton); the flat top, five meters high, slopes downward on the North side.

(B) an oblong mound, 100 by 30 meters by 2.5 meters high, on a North-South axis, cut in two by the road of Qunduz, and occupied today by a cemetery, on the two halves of the site; pottery shards are particularly abundant at the bottom of drainage canals that extend down to the foot of the north mound.

(C) a high mound, circa 80 by 100 meters, recently exploited as an active spring, oriented on a southeast–northwest axis, with a top at the southeast side; two high points dominate the mound, one at the southeast (10 meters, sloping abruptly), the other at the southwest (six meters, sloping more gently).  In cuts of the North-East face, a large apparatus is found at a height of six meters, surmounted by rough bricks two meters in height.

Source: Warwick Ball, Archaeological Gazetteer of Afghanistan, 1982, n. 194





  36º 44' N
  36.733333° N
  68º 51' E

68.850000° E


Chehel Duktaran is located at the above coordinates on JOG map