Via NBC News…
Archaeologists in Nepal say they have found traces of a temple structure linked to Buddha’s nativity going back to the sixth century B.C.
The remnants of a timber structure — unearthed at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, which has traditionally been venerated as the spiritual leader’s birthplace — represent the first archaeological material linking the birth of Buddha and the religion he founded to a specific century.
“Very little is known about the life of the Buddha, except through textual sources and oral tradition,” Durham University archaeologist Robin Coningham said in a news release. “We thought, ‘Why not go back to archaeology to try to answer some of the questions about his birth?’ 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 team of researchers, led by Coningham and Kosh Prasad Acharya of the Pashupati Area Development Trust in Nepal, published their findings Monday in the journal Antiquity.
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