Buddhist relics unearthed in Pakistan

Published on December 2nd, 2010 | by Admin

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Gold coins, seals and sculptures have been unearthed in Taxila, in Northwest Pakistan.

lso found in Taxila, the seat of the Kingdom of Gandhara and a learning center, were in excess of 100 seals of ancient Buddhist Kingdom, the rare Red Stone, and sculptures of Buddha, according to People’s Daily online. Officials believe the find dates to a time period between the first century BC and the fifth century AD.

The Archaeology and Museums Department found the artifacts during their most recent excavations of the Taxila Region. The collection at the Taxila museum will feature the seals.

Believed to be the largest collection from one location, the seals were found in a cell. The seals hold images of icons and motifs, which officials believe indicates the monastery was the recipient of donations or had deep economic ties with states.

Taxila is the cradle of civilization in the East. Known as Takshasila, Buddhism prospered since the reign of the Indian king Ashoka, whose rule was from 272 to 232 BC.

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2 Responses to Buddhist relics unearthed in Pakistan

  1. RWordplay says:

    A wonderful find. Fascinating and an excellent reminder that the world as we know it, was not always the world as it was. Also, excellent collections of Buddhist artifacts from the countries we now call Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the MET in New York. Let’s hope these relics can be protected from Taliban and other Islamist extremists.

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