Archaeologist Robin Coningham of England’s Durham University emerges from the dig at the Lumbini Village Mound in Nepal, where a secular settlement contemporary with the earliest temple was discovered. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic

Galleri: Udgravninger ved Maya Devi-tempel i Lumbini i Nepal

26. november 2013

Se billeder af udgravningerne ved Maya Devi-templet i Lumbini i Nepal, hvor arkæologiprofessor Robin Coningham og hans team har fundet banebrydende materiale, der gør det muligt at datere Buddhas levetid.

Monks chant within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal. The modern temple enshrines the birthplace of the Buddha. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
Archaeologist Robin Coningham works in the trench in the remains of an ancient monastery, with the Maya Devi Temple in the background. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
Thai monks inside the Maya Devi Temple meditate over the remains of the oldest Buddhist shrine in the world at Lumbini, Nepal. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
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. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
Pilgrims meditate by a stone pillar erected by the ancient king Asoka in the third century B.C., with the Maya Devi Temple in the background. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
A pilgrim meditates at a sacred "Bodhi tree" within the Sacred Garden of Lumbini, Nepal. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
Pilgrims meditate at the wall below the nativity scene within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini, Nepal. The remains of the earliest temples at the site are in the background. Foto: Ira Block/National Geographic
Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha - is the site of new archaeological research confirming a date for the Buddha’s life. The other key sites revered by Buddhists are Bodh Gaya (where he became a Buddha), Sarnath (where he first preached) and Kusinagara (where he passed away). Foto: National Geographic

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