KAPILVASTU, JAN 19 – A team of archaeologists has found around 300 ancient silver coins from Tilaurakot, the Shakya Capital city where Siddhartha Gautam spent 29 years of his princely life before he became the Buddha.
The excavation team comprising consultants, experts and archaeologists from Unesco, Department of Archaeology (DoA), Lumbini Development Trust and Durham University in the UK, who are part of the excavation project being carried out since January 8, recovered the “punch mark” coins believed to have been used during 800-200 BC.
After digging about 1 metre under the surface of soil, the team discovered the coins on Sunday in earthen pots. By Monday evening, the team was able to collect 230 silver coins and their counting is ongoing, said Ram Bahadur Kunwar, an archeologist with the DoA. According to him, the earthen pots containing the coins are of 50 cm in height and 15 cm in diametre. Read the rest of this entry »