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C., the time of the patronage of the Emperor Asoka, who promoted the spread of Buddhism from present-day Afghanistan to Bangladesh.
“Very little is known about the life of the Buddha, except through textual sources and oral tradition,” said archaeologist Professor Robin Coningham of Durham University, U. Some scholars, he said, have maintained that the Buddha was born in the third century B. “We thought ‘why not go back to archaeology to try to answer some of the questions about his birth?
Half a billion people around the world are Buddhists, and many hundreds of thousands make a pilgrimage to Lumbini each year. ’ Now, for the first time, we have an archaeological sequence at Lumbini that shows a building there as early as the sixth century B.C.” The international team of archaeologists, led by Coningham and Kosh Prasad Acharya of the Pashupati Area Development Trust in Nepal, say the discovery contributes to a greater understanding of the early development of Buddhism as well as the spiritual importance of Lumbini.An Israeli collector, Oded Golan, had purchased the box from an Arab antiquities dealer more than a decade ago. Golan had not thought the artifact important until Professor Lemaire examined it. Golan had read the inscription, he hadn’t connected it with the biblical Jesus. Golan that the box had come from a burial site in southern Jerusalem where a bulldozer had accidentally uncovered a site containing tombs and bone boxes dating to the time of Jesus and James.Much to the disappointment of archaeologists and scholars, the box was not excavated by a trained archaeologist from the spot where it had rested for the last 2,000 years.