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Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Birth of Buddha
Past Horizons ^ | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | probably National Geographic

Posted on 11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the birthplace of Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha. Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence supporting a date any earlier than the third century BCE for Buddha's life. Some historians have suggested the death of Buddha took place sometime in the late 4th century or early 3rd century BCE, although there are a number of traditions with varying dates...

...charcoal and sand grain samples removed from the relevant layers of the early timber structure were tested using radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence techniques. Interestingly, geoarchaeological research also revealed evidence of ancient tree roots within the timber structure's central space. This latter find is important because, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Maya Devi, the mother of Buddha, gave birth to him while grasping a branch of a tree. Coningham and his colleagues suggest that the open central space from which the charcoal and sand samples were removed was large enough to accommodate the tree...

Long lost and hidden by jungle overgrowth, ancient Lumbini was rediscovered in 1896 and, because of an inscription on a sandstone pillar discovered at the site, was identified as the birthplace of the Buddha. The inscription bears record of a historic visit by 3rd century India's Emperor Ashoka to the site of the Buddha's birth. The inscription also included the site's name as Lumbini. Under Ashoka's patronage, Buddhism spread from present-day Afghanistan to Bangladesh.

(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: buddha; faithandphilosophy; godsgravesglyphs; india; lumbini; nepal; siddharthagautama
Archaeologists Robin Coningham (left) and Kosh Prasad Acharya direct excavations within the Maya Devi Temple, uncovering a series of ancient temples contemporary with the Buddha. Thai monks meditate. Photo by Ira Block/National Geographic/National Geographic Buddha Birthplace

Archaeologists Robin Coningham (left) and Kosh Prasad Acharya direct excavations within the Maya Devi Temple, uncovering a series of ancient temples contemporary with the Buddha. Thai monks meditate. Photo by Ira Block/National Geographic/National Geographic Buddha Birthplace

1 posted on 11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

They find his long form Birth Certificate?


2 posted on 11/28/2013 6:41:09 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Nope, it was only a computer generated synthesized BC.


3 posted on 11/28/2013 7:02:55 PM PST by entropy12 (Zero thanks to all who stayed home and helped elect Acorn lawyer Zero.)
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To: SunkenCiv

So cool they find this stuff. Fascinating.


4 posted on 11/28/2013 7:45:00 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SunkenCiv

who cares and what difference does it make????


5 posted on 11/28/2013 7:54:49 PM PST by terycarl (common sense rules overall)
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To: terycarl

If you read Sgt. Rock comics, when Sarge was mowing down a company of Krauts or Japs, his Thompson would make a distinctive noise:
“Budda budda budda!” For what it’s worth.


6 posted on 11/28/2013 8:27:46 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: entropy12

Figures. Was there a birth announcement in the local newspaper? Any pictures of Baby Buddha? Did he always go by Buddha or was he called Buddy as a youth? Have we seen his college transcripts?


7 posted on 11/28/2013 8:35:55 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: terycarl

Right back atcha.


8 posted on 11/29/2013 6:11:32 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Beowulf9

Thanks Beowulf9.


9 posted on 11/29/2013 6:12:16 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

10 posted on 11/29/2013 6:13:15 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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Whoops.

Earliest shrine’ uncovered at Buddha’s birthplace
11/26/2013 6:47:06 PM · by ThanhPhero · 20 replies
BBC News and Environment | 25 November 2013 | James Morgan
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3095817/posts


11 posted on 11/29/2013 6:21:54 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Holy Placenta, Batman!


12 posted on 11/29/2013 6:40:07 AM PST by wildbill
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To: terycarl

You cared enough to read and post here...


13 posted on 11/29/2013 11:22:45 PM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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