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Fresh perspective as dig reveals 9 post holes in Buddha’s birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 10, 2014

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KAPILVASTU, FEB 09 – The recent excavations in Tilaurakot have led to the finding of not one or two but nine ‘post holes’, justifying that the supposed ancient Shakya Capital had been in existence well before the birth of Siddhartha, who later went on to become Gautam Buddha.

The post holes were found 50 metres north-west to the security walls of the palace remains. “The recent findings have provided a fresh perspective towards the ancient city of Tilaurakot, substantiating the historical significance of the city,” said Kosh Prasad Acharya, co-director of the excavation project and senior consultant archaeologist at UNESCO.

The findings have further excited the two well known archaeologists, Prof Robin Coningham, chief archaeologist of the Durham University, and Prof Ian Simpson, specialist of Stirling University, involved in the dig. The well preserved post holes had not been found in former excavations. The nine post holes that range from 15 to 20 diametres have been opened to public viewing. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Exciting’ Discovery At Buddha’s Birthplace

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2013

After a three-year dig, archaeologists may have found the Buddha’s exact birthplace and more details about when he was born.

Thai monks gather on walkways around the Maya Devi Temple, where archaeologists have been excavating an ancient shrine. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
Thai monks gather on walkways around the Maya Devi Temple, where archaeologists have been excavating an ancient shrine. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
The shrine is once thought to have contained the tree beneath which the Buddha was born. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
The shrine is once thought to have contained the tree beneath which the Buddha was born. Pic: Ira Block/National Geographic
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