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Old 12-05-2013, 09:36 AM
 
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Just an fyi...New excavations at the site of where pilgrims celebrate the Buddha's birth, Lumbini in Nepal, may now point to revising Buddha's date of birth. Historically, archaeology had a date no earlier than the 3rd century BC when the emperor Asoka helped spread Buddhism through South Asia. But the excavations at the site of the have now revealed timber and brick structures that go back earlier to the 6th century BC. The finding hopes to highlight the earliest expressions of Buddhist architecture and ritual practice and to serve as the 'first archaeological evidence regarding the date of the life of Buddha'.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:35 AM
 
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Article on the dilapidated state of most Buddhist sites in India.

Archaeology | Most Buddhist sites in India in despicable state
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:21 AM
 
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Interesting article on the construction of the now destroyed Bamiyan Buddha figures, and possible attempts to restore the figures destroyed by the Taliban.

Bamiyan Buddhas once glowed with colour - : Archaeology News from Past Horizons
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Old 12-26-2013, 02:10 PM
 
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Thank you. It is too often forgotten that statues that seem to be be just bare stone (that applies to greek and Roman ones too, and I'm sure the egyptian ones) were once brilliantly or even delicately coloured.

We have at least records of the Bamiyan buddhas, but I wouldn't advise reconstruction -unless it is done somewhere else. Sad to see the lack of interest in Buddhist sites in India. Is the Buddhist community there really so small and poor that they can do nothing? Is UNESCO powerless?
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:47 AM
 
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I agree with you about the reconstruction of these statues. I thought as I posted the brief sentence before the link...reconstruction there? Never. The work would probably never get to take place, but if it did Muslim extremists would simply destroy it again.

My rather dated knowledge of Indian Buddhists is that most of them belonged to the untouchable castes, and, therefore, I would imagine that as a group they are not a rich community.

I think there is a building in the U.S. that is a copy of the Parthenon, and which has the frieze on the front painted as it might have been in ancient times. And as there are painted religious statues from indoor sites, I assume that those huge outdoor monuments in Egypt were probably painted in colors as well.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:01 AM
 
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Yes. I definitely got the Impression that Indian modern Buddhism attracted Sudras and Untouchables looking for a way out of the bottom of the caste -system.

This just meant that Buddhism was regarded with some contempt and co -opting him into the list of appearances of Vishnu was effectively a means of making Buddhism obsolete.
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:46 AM
 
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Just an fyi...New excavations at the site of where pilgrims celebrate the Buddha's birth, Lumbini in Nepal, may now point to revising Buddha's date of birth. Historically, archaeology had a date no earlier than the 3rd century BC when the emperor Asoka helped spread Buddhism through South Asia. But the excavations at the site of the have now revealed timber and brick structures that go back earlier to the 6th century BC. The finding hopes to highlight the earliest expressions of Buddhist architecture and ritual practice and to serve as the 'first archaeological evidence regarding the date of the life of Buddha'.
Thanks. I did raise a few queries about how the site should be interpreted. But certainly a Buddhist site dated to pretty much the same few centuries is a remarkable find.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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I came across a site for the museum at Sarnath. It's well presented. I hadn't known that there was a Buddhist museum there, though I guess I should have expected there would be one.

Archaeological Museum Sarnath
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Old 01-02-2014, 04:57 AM
 
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Thanks. Good link.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:28 AM
 
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Not what is usually considered archaeology, the link below is to a series of photos taken in the 1930's of Tibetan Buddhist sites and ritual in Ulaan Bator, Mongolia

Endangered Archives Programme: Item Overview
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