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In Afghanistan, 900-Foot Sleeping Buddha Eludes Archaeologists
CS Monitor ^ | 8-7-2007 | Mark Sappenfield

Posted on 08/07/2007 3:24:52 PM PDT by blam

In Afghanistan, 900-foot Sleeping Buddha eludes archaeologists

But researchers are finding and preserving other ancient riches.

By Mark Sappenfield | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the August 7, 2007 edition

BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN - After the Taliban fell, France sent Zemaryalai Tarzi to this Afghan valley on a quest bordering on the mythological. His goal: to find Sleeping Buddha, the reclining sculpture that, at 900 feet long, would be nearly 10 times the size of the Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.

He brought the ultimate treasure map – the journal of a 7th- century Chinese pilgrim who recorded every major monument in painstaking detail.

But six years later, there's no Sleeping Buddha. When it comes to this prize, the journal is frustratingly vague. And, Dr. Tarzi freely acknowledges, he has been otherwise occupied as he and other archaeologists have found, preserved, and worked to understand Afghanistan's other ancient riches, starting right here in Bamiyan.

What he has found are the remnants of the culture that built the Buddhas – one of the most lavish and powerful kingdoms of ancient Central Asia.

Recently Tarzi's colleague, archaeologist Mickaël Rakotozonia, stood in a steady drizzle, surrounded by mud-brick houses, and gestured to two ancient towers almost lost amid the jigsaw of earthen walls here.

Between these two towers, he speculated, might have been a gate into the Kingdom City of Bamiyan, home to the creators of the two stone Buddhas carved from a nearby cliff some 1,500 years ago and destroyed by the Taliban.

But the Buddhas are only the most obvious example of this country's ancient riches.

"My new discoveries have put old discoveries in the background," says Tarzi.

He and Mr. Rakotozonia will continue searching for the Buddhist's Kingdom City this summer and autumn and the

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 900foot; afghanistan; archaeologist; buddha; godsgravesglyphs; howdtheymissit
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1 posted on 08/07/2007 3:24:54 PM PDT by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Excellent video here.

2 posted on 08/07/2007 3:27:28 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

(cue soundtrack of “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” in the background)


3 posted on 08/07/2007 3:27:49 PM PDT by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: blam

What about Google Earth?


4 posted on 08/07/2007 3:32:00 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (Swift as the wind; Calmly majestic as a forest; Steady as the mountains.)
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To: blam
I could not believe it when I saw those bastard blow up the 1500 year old statues.

Now I can see why many ancient civilizations disappeared. Every so often a single act of monumental stupidity can wipe away what has existed for centuries.

5 posted on 08/07/2007 3:34:00 PM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: Mr. K

usually it is simply drought.


6 posted on 08/07/2007 3:37:10 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: blam

Did they check eBay?........


7 posted on 08/07/2007 3:49:15 PM PDT by Red Badger (All I know about Minnesota, I learned from Garrison Keilor.............)
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To: Mr. K
Every so often a single act of monumental stupidity can wipe away what has existed for centuries.
8 posted on 08/07/2007 3:53:58 PM PDT by ASA Vet (http://www.rinorepublic.com)
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To: blam

Let sleeping Buddhas lie.


9 posted on 08/07/2007 4:21:51 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: blam

How does one lose a 900’ Buddha?


10 posted on 08/07/2007 4:33:21 PM PDT by Adder (hialb)
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Bury it under a 2000’ mountain of dirt to keep the invading Muslims from getting to it - then wait a couple of centuries?


11 posted on 08/07/2007 4:44:33 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: blam
They should have looked in Bangkock
12 posted on 08/07/2007 4:55:05 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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13 posted on 08/07/2007 4:56:35 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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I could not believe it when I saw those bastard blow up the 1500 year old statues.

I remember seeing it via video phone on CNN.

It seems like, if my memory serves me right, that the Taliban had been saying they would destroy the statues but waited long enough for the media to slip into the country so that CNN could get the exclusive.

I didn't understand why, if Allah decreed it, then why did they (Taliban) announce it and then wait before they did it. It's not like they were waiting for approval from the international community or the UN

14 posted on 08/07/2007 5:11:46 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: bert

What is that, Bert?

(post 13)


15 posted on 08/07/2007 5:12:53 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: blam

It wouldn’t surprise me if the muslims found and blew up the sleeping buddha as well.


16 posted on 08/07/2007 5:47:41 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: bert
Wat Po??

Reclining Buddha

17 posted on 08/07/2007 5:49:05 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 49th; ...
Thanks Blam.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list. Thanks.
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18 posted on 08/07/2007 6:43:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, August 7, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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Are there plans to rebuild the Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 ?


19 posted on 08/07/2007 6:58:09 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: blam

ooooh,

thanks for the video.

most excellent!

beautiful country.


20 posted on 08/07/2007 7:27:18 PM PDT by ken21 (28 yrs + 2 families = banana republic junta. si.)
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