Dominican University of California honors Afghan Archeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi

Professor Zemaryalai Tarzi, President of the Association for the Protection of Afghan Archaeology created and based in San Rafael since 2003, will be honored guest and speaker on Sunday, April 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Guzman Hall at Dominican University of California.

The event, “50 Years: Discovering and Protecting the Archaeological Heritage of Afghanistan,” is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the APAA and the Department of Humanities at Dominican.

Tarzi,  internationally renown archaeologist from Afghanistan,  is currently Professor Emeritus at Strasbourg University in France and Director for the French Archaeological Missions for the Surveys and Excavations of Bamiyan. He also is former Director of the Archaeology and Conservation of Historical Monuments and  Director General of the Archaelogy Institute in Kabul, who has spent his life either in the field or around the world teaching at Universities, advising UNESCO and raising awareness.

In 2002, Tarzi resumed his work after 23 years in exile in France and every summer goes to Bamiyan where once stood the giant Buddhas (which he restored  in the 70s) to unearth monasteries and beautiful statues of which some still have intact polychrome. Tarzi, who is writing his fourth thesis,  has made discoveries that would reveal to the world's scientific community new datation and a better understanding of the history of Central Asia. In recent years,  his hard work earned him several prices and medals.

Tarzi has lectured at Dominican. The collaboration led to a series of classes for the Dominican’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute taught by Nadia Tarzi, his daughter and founder of APAA who lives in San Rafael and was featured in the “100 Faces of Marin” book written by Peter Anderson.

Seating for the event on April 25 at Guzman Hall is limited. For reservations or more information, call the APAA at  (415) 370-1694 or visit its website,