Tepe Ahingaran monastery, (near) Konduz, Velayat-e Kondoz, AF

Raw data

"202. Tepe Ahingaran
Alternate Names: Akhundzada Tepe or Sar-i Gau.  See also Qunduz.
Qunduz Province. three kilometers northeast of Qunduz.
Dates: Kushan-Sassanian period, 1st-7th century AD
          (architectural, ceramic, stylistic evidence)
A series of mounds, the main one measuring 80 x 70 meters in area and 2.5 meters in height. In 1936 a series of stucco relief panels, Buddha heads and Corinthian capitals were discovered by chance in a ditch at the site, leading to subsequent excavations by Hackin (DAFA). The excavations revealed a stupa-monastery complex consisting of two enclosures surrounded by walls. Architecture included mud-brick vaulting and several column bases. Further excavations by Cammann revealed a second monastery complex, where many sculptures and decorative elements were found.
Latitude 36.733333° N Longitude 68.866667° E"
DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 17, 2010

Ahangaran, Qunduz (Bactria)
In 1936 local villagers accidentally found the ruins of a large monastery near the city of Qunduz in Bactria. A series of stucco heads and other implements were soon studied by Joseph Hackin. They were kept for years at the house of Sarvar Jan in Qunduz before being taken to the Kabul Museum.
K. Fisher, 1958, ArA, XXI, pp. 231–53.
J. Hackin, 1950, Afgh., pp. 1–10 (reprint, MDAFA, VIII, 1959, pp. 19–21).
Src: Tissot (2006)
Input by: tmciolek, Aug 01, 2014

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 01 Aug 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 2 km from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Tepe Ahingaran monastery, AF.

General location of the Tepe Ahingaran monastery, AF.
Lat 36.733333 Long 68.866667
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (http://www.fallingrain.com), 2010.

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Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tepe Ahingaran monastery - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Afghanistan:Velayat-e Kondoz

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • Akhundzada Tepe - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)
  • Sar-i Gau - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 36.733333 Long 68.866667 - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • 1st century CE (architectural, ceramic, stylistic evidence) - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014 
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • [missing data]

13. Date-late

  • 7th century CE (architectural, ceramic, stylistic evidence) - DoDLRMP and CEMML (2010:#202 Tepe Ahingaran)

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66p - tmciolek 19 Jul 2014 

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • Archaeological

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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