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Thứ Sáu, tháng 9 22, 2006

No. 1141 ( Upeckha dịch)

Archaeologists dig up ‘monastery’ at Kapileswar
Friday September 22 2006 10:17 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Archaeologists have dug up remnant seems to be of Buddhist era at Kapileswar on the City outskirts which can throw light on hitherto unknown aspects of Lord Buddha.

The new findings can either put to rest the long-drawn debate about his birthplace, early life and the life and culture of that period or add more fuel to the controversy.

The excavation work for 10 days in this village by a team of the State Museum has thrown up remains, which experts believe belong to the Buddhist era. The findings would help trace the existence of a Buddhist centre there, believe experts.

Discovery of a grand tank, a 60 x 2.5 ft brick structure made of laterite box, pottery, lamps and artefacts only lend credence to the belief. The articles and structures date back to the 10 century BC and earlier, archaeologists claim.

Superintendent of the Museum and project in-charge C B Patel said, “In the last few days we have unearthed a number of stone pillars, fragments of what could have been a dormitory with remains of brick beds used by the monks and stone sculptures. All these indicate to the existence of a Buddhist monastery or vihar or probably a township.”

Majority of the objects bears characteristics of BC era - artifacts made of terracotta in shades of black, buff and red and structures with extensive use of stone mixed with clay and loose sand as filling.

A two-storey ‘kund’ (bath tub) with a staircase and a small seating arrangement has also been excavated.

The preliminary site surveys have been expanded to nearby areas as well, especially in and around the Kapileswar temple. Further excavations are expected to give an insight into the life and culture of the period between 5th and 10 century BC.

Helping the State Museum in this regard are the students of Department of Archaeology, Utkal University.

In the meantime, plans are mooted to develop Kapileswar into an idyllic Buddhist draw by sprucing up the temple and the adjoining garden.

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