The Haḍḍa Archeo Database Project aims to facilitate the study and perpetuate the memory of the archaeological heritage of the buddhist monasteries of Haḍḍa, now entirely lost.Database overview
Haḍḍa is the name of a modern village in Afghanistan located twelve kilometres south of the present-day city of Jellālābād, built on the ruins of a small pre-Islamic town on which depended a large Buddhist monastic complex that flourished during the early centuries of the Christian era. The saṃgharama of Haḍḍa were among the great religious centres that hosted Buddhist pilgrims travelling along the Silk Road between India and China through Gandhāra. Located at the gateway to India and believed to have housed some of the relics of Buddha Cakyamuni, these flourishing monasteries were inhabited by generations of monks and visited by as many Buddhist devotees until the 9th century CE. Around the time of the Ghaz...
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Between the IInd and IXth centuries CE, the Buddhist monasteries of Haḍḍa were among the great religious centres that welcomed thousands of pilgrims travelling between India and China.
Dr. Alexandra VANLEENE
Alexandra VANLEENE is a doctor in Antiquity Sciences specializing in Gandhāran Buddhist Art and Archaeology, and the founder of the Haḍḍa Archeo Database Project. Her research focuses mainly on the artistic tradition of modelling in the decoration of Buddhist monasteries in Afghanistan, particularly in Haḍḍa, the geographical expansion of Gandhāra art, and the development of its regional characteristics.
From 2005 to 2012, she was in charge of Archaeological Operations in the framework of the Franco-Afghan Mission for the Prospection and Excavation of Bāmiyān led by Prof. Zémaryalaï Tarzi. Since 2021, she has been involved in the Digital Gandhara Project...
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