2.600 years old site discovered in Afghanistan
Chinese Mining Company discovered an ancient Buddhist site 2600 years old. Ancient site was discovered during the excavation process of a copper mine in Afghanistan.
Knowing these findings, the archaeologists rush to the rescue effort as much as possible from the sites that allegedly came from seven centuries before Christ – along the Silk Road linking Asia and the Middle East.
The ruins, including monasteries and stupas which had been destroyed and which is expected due to mining activities conducted. The archaeologists were given only 3 years by the government to save the site.
Monastery complex were excavated revealing the hall, and rooms are decorated in wall paintings and clay sculptures of the Buddha is standing or lying down, some of which are as high as 10 feet.
There is also an area that was once thought to a courtyard, decorated the stupa as high as four or five meters. So far, more than 150 statues have been found, although more still in place. The team of archaeologists difficulty to move the sculptures that are large. Meanwhile, they also lack the chemical that serves to glue the small statues so as not to break when moved.
“This site is very large, it took 10 years to save him,” said Laura Tedesco, an archaeologist who was assigned to the Embassy of the United States. “Three years may be enough time just to document what is there.”
Meanwhile, Philippe Marquis, a French archaeologist, said rescue efforts are being made very few and minimal, due to lack of funds and personnel.
The team hopes to raise some larger sculptures and several temples to the outside before the winter this month, but they still do not get a crane and other heavy equipment.
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