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Copper load of this! Company digging mine in Afghanistan unearths 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery
Daily Mail ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 11/17/2010 7:57:14 PM PST by Islander7

A Chinese company digging an unexploited copper mine in Afghanistan has unearthed ancient statues of Buddha in a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery.

Archaeologists are rushing to salvage what they can from a major 7th century B.C. religious site along the famed Silk Road connecting Asia and the Middle East.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Humor; Miscellaneous; Reference; Travel
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; archeology; buddha; godsgravesglyphs; history

1 posted on 11/17/2010 7:57:17 PM PST by Islander7
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 11/17/2010 7:57:46 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Islander7

Well, that’s gonna piss off a lot of muzzies...


3 posted on 11/17/2010 7:58:55 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: Islander7

Copper thieves are everywhere these days.


4 posted on 11/17/2010 7:59:10 PM PST by SouthTexas (WE are the Wave)
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To: Islander7

Lordy mercy! I scrolled down and saw Mitt Romney’s pic! That’s a heck of a place to put it!


5 posted on 11/17/2010 8:07:19 PM PST by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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To: FortWorthPatriot
Well, that’s gonna piss off a lot of muzzies...

Nah, they'll just blow it up.

6 posted on 11/17/2010 8:18:42 PM PST by Barnacle (God help us.)
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To: Islander7

The Taliban was destroying religious artifacts 2,600 years ago?


7 posted on 11/17/2010 8:19:26 PM PST by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: SouthTexas

Cleveland’s Claude Cooper Copped Clean Copper Clappers Kept in the Closet?


8 posted on 11/17/2010 8:20:27 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: LukeL

LOL


9 posted on 11/17/2010 8:22:11 PM PST by SouthTexas (WE are the Wave)
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To: AZLiberty

Taliban wasn’t around back then. They are just a bunch of newbies.


10 posted on 11/17/2010 8:23:14 PM PST by ThomasThomas (If bacon grew on trees I would be a vegetarian.)
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To: Islander7

How long before the Muslimes either claim it as a holy site or blow it up?


11 posted on 11/17/2010 8:24:18 PM PST by airborne (Why is it we won't allow the Bible in school, but we will in prison? Think about it.)
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To: Islander7

Huh? My head is spinning. My history tells me a 2600 Buddhist monastery is not possible, since the Buddha was around 2500 years ago — and any monastery dedicated to his disciplines would have waited some time after that, especially as far away as Afghanistan.

Just sayin’.


12 posted on 11/17/2010 8:25:24 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

I think you have to give some mild allowances for dating since even the best methods may have a give or take of a century or two. Since we seem to have fairly good oral and written traditions of when Buddha was born, then a dating of the artifacts as 2600 years not be so far fetched.


13 posted on 11/17/2010 8:41:22 PM PST by mdmathis6 (True enlightenment occurs when one discovers just how much like God, one is NOT!)
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To: Islander7

China is mining copper in Afghanistan... Why does that sound totally effed up?


14 posted on 11/17/2010 8:59:24 PM PST by coon2000 (Give me Liberty or give me death!)
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To: Islander7

Where’s the World Heritage Society to stop the madness of destroying this potential heritage site? ((( crickets )))


15 posted on 11/17/2010 9:27:44 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Islander7

Obanma’s friends will blow that place to allahstan


16 posted on 11/17/2010 9:59:34 PM PST by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: Islander7


17 posted on 11/17/2010 10:10:44 PM PST by blam
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To: Islander7
What we have at this site, already in excavation, should be enough to fill the (Afghan) national museum.'

To be destroyed by Taliban after we turn the country over to them. Why bother?

18 posted on 11/18/2010 2:53:42 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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Thanks Islander7.

For some reason, the "hi-ho" song is going through my head now.

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19 posted on 11/18/2010 4:00:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: Migraine; mdmathis6

The date of Buddha’s birth is an estimate that’s pretty broad — 563 BC to as long ago as 623 BC. And 563 BC is nearly 2600 years ago. :’)


20 posted on 11/18/2010 4:03:47 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

as for it being far away from his home base, so to speak, it is along the Silk Road - the major artery of travel between China and the Middle East.

Kinda like Touchdown Jesus along the highway in Ohio...


21 posted on 11/18/2010 4:46:49 AM PST by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: stefanbatory
"Kinda like Touchdown Jesus along the highway in Ohio..."

was...

22 posted on 11/18/2010 4:51:48 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Islander7

...which was promptly blown up.


23 posted on 11/18/2010 7:22:43 AM PST by null and void (We are now in day 667 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Islander7
Are they going to blow it up as an "offense to Islam" like they did the ancient Buddhist statues in 2001?


24 posted on 11/18/2010 10:11:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Migraine

There was a lot of travel from India up to the Silk Road and this route was the primary route for travel between China and India. Buddhism came very early to Afghanistan.


25 posted on 11/18/2010 12:56:04 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker
There was a lot of travel from India up to the Silk Road and this route was the primary route for travel between China and India. Buddhism came very early to Afghanistan.

My point was this and only this: if that monastery is 2600 years old, and was always Buddhist from its beginning, then Buddhism came to Afghanistan before it even began -- because Buddhism itself is 100 years younger that the monastery.

It's only a minor point, I know, and I meant it as such.

26 posted on 11/18/2010 6:06:27 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine

Agreed. There is a dating issue in the article. OTOH, the Buddha’s birthday seems to me to have always been a rather hazy thing.


27 posted on 11/19/2010 10:05:10 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: coon2000

Yes, that’s what really piqued my curiosity - and then got me really angered. We dump billions of dollars every year into the pile of rock, opium and bandits - and the *CHINESE* get lucrative contracts to mine copper?

What the hell is wrong with this picture?

I can see why it’s being called “The Chinese Century.” They’ve hollowed out American businesses by undercutting them, sold us billions of dollars worth of cheap crap that break after two years, own us lock, stock and barrel now, use our trade imbalance to dominate industries that we have abandoned, and now get lucrative contracts for raw materials in the country that WE are paying to keep stable?

Everything about this picture is wrong. And we’ve been developing it for 15 years.


28 posted on 11/19/2010 1:13:08 PM PST by worst-case scenario (Striving to reach the light)
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To: worst-case scenario
Yes, that’s what really piqued my curiosity - and then got me really angered. We dump billions of dollars every year into the pile of rock, opium and bandits - and the *CHINESE* get lucrative contracts to mine copper?

It doesn't make sense, but I am beginning to think this is part of the plan. The transfer of American wealth to the Chinese began under the first Bush administration. For some reason the Bushites love China along with country club Republicans. This is what they share in common with the Democrats.

29 posted on 11/19/2010 1:23:38 PM PST by stripes1776
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To: decimon
Afcopperstan ping.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

30 posted on 11/19/2010 1:31:22 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: stripes1776

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but the Chinese are behind a lot of militant Islamic activity in Africa and the Middle East and Asia.

The chaos caused by the Islamists gives the Chinese an opportunity to wedge themselves into the gaps most Western companies and countries won’t go into.

But the Chinese are finding themselves increasingly on the sharp end lately since their own internal policies against Islamic activity are harsh and unforgiving, and their strategy will not only backfire on the world but on them as well.


31 posted on 11/19/2010 1:45:54 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: The Comedian

Merci.

I guess now that ‘mes amis’ = ‘copper friends.’


32 posted on 11/19/2010 1:48:51 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon
I guess now that ‘mes amis’ = ‘copper friends.’

They're the best kind.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 11/19/2010 2:12:09 PM PST by The Comedian (I enjoy progressives, especially in a light cream sauce.)
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To: The Comedian

Okay, where’s the little black spaniel when you really need him?


34 posted on 11/19/2010 2:14:32 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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