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Archaeologists discovered Buddhist sculptures and Kushan-era coins in Pakistan

Archaeologists discovered ancient Buddhist sculptures and precious coins during ongoing excavation at an ancient Buddhist Stupa in northwest Pakistan.

Dec 27, 2014 14:11 IST
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Archaeologists discovered ancient Buddhist sculptures and precious coins during ongoing excavation at an ancient Buddhist Stupa in northwest Pakistan. The findings were revealed by Press Trust of India in the fourth week of December 2014.

During excavation, precious coins of Kushan period were also unearthed around the Stupa. These coins and sculptures date back from second to fifth century BC.

The sculptures were discovered at Bhamala Buddhist complex in Haripur district of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province during an excavation work.

Background
Bhamala archaeological site had earlier been declared as national and world heritage site located near Khanpur dam on the Haro river.

The stupa situated near Khanpur dam is cross-shaped and looks like an Aztec Pyramid.

Earlier, the Bhamala site was partially excavated in early 1930s.

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