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Early shrine unearthed at Nepal Buddhist site

Remains of 2,500-year-old wooden structure found beneath temple at Buddha’s birthplace

BUDDHA'S SECRETS  Archaeologists working inside Nepal’s Maya Devi Temple direct excavations of what is possibly the earliest known Buddhist shrine while Buddhist monks on a pilgrimage to the site meditate in the background.

Remains of a wooden structure at the Buddha’s birthplace dating to at least 2,500 years ago provide a rare glimpse of ancient religious practice in South Asia.

Excavations in 2011 and 2012 beneath Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have yielded a better understanding of when the Buddha lived and how Buddhism grew into a major religion, report archaeologists jointly led by Robin Coningham of Durham University in England and Kosh Prasad Acharya of Pashupati Area Development Trust in Kathmandu, Nepal. The team presents its findings in the December Antiquity.

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