Arts and Culture
Numerous were the accomplishments of French archaeologists Joseph and Marie Hackin, whose lives were tragically cut short by WW II. In 2018 a commemorative volume praising their contributions to both the war effort and archaeology was published. "De L'Asie a La France Libre: Joseph & Marie Hackin, Archeologues et Compagnons De La Liberation" highlights, understandably, their most famous excavation which uncovered the treasures of Begram, Afghanistan. However, due to Begram's remarkable artifacts, the Hackins' earlier work at near-by Khair Khaneh has been nearly forgotten. This paper celebrates their important earlier discovery - the remains of a Kushan/Sassanian Sun-Temple. Fortunately, the Hackins, along with architect Jean Carl, produced an extensive and well-illustrated excavation report in 1936. Their valuable work merits further investigation as soon as the area becomes safe. Meanwhile, the report can help raise awareness of their vital legacy. It reveals the significant role sun-worship, as well as Kushan/Sassanian art and architecture, played for centuries along a well-traveled route linking West and East.