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Archeologists have uncovered countless priceless artefacts at an ancient Buddhist settlement roughly 35km south Kabul. The site includes an ancient copper mine, a series of monasteries, and what may be homes or workshops at Mes Ainak in Logar province. A Chinese state mining company, MCC, won a $3bn contract in 2007 to mine the rest of the copper deposit, one of the largest in the world, which sits directly beneath the ancient settlement. They have built a camp for their workers but are yet to break ground on a railway and a power station which were supposed to be included in the terms of their contract.

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Taken on November 14, 2011