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New dam threatens 2,000-year-old Buddhist engravings in Pakistan

By EIICHI MIYASHIRO, Asahi Shimbun, October 17, 2014

Chilas, Pakistan -- As the region of Chilas in northern Pakistan shakes under construction of a dam and renovation of a highway, centuries-old engravings from the early days of Buddhism carved on boulders may be lost forever, according to local archaeologists.

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Roof tiles found in Nara related to 8th-century Buddhist priest from China

By KAZUTO TSUKAMOTO, Asahi Shimbun, October 10, 2014

NARA, Japan -- Archaeologists have unearthed fragments of roof tiles that may have decorated a memorial dedicated to Jianzhen, the tenacious priest from China who helped spread Buddhism in Japan during the eighth century.

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Oldest Buddhist Manuscripts Damaged in Kashmir Floods

by Jayalakshmi K, IB Times, October 10, 2014

Kashmir, Pakistan -- An operation to restore priceless manuscripts, antiques and artefacts damaged in the recent Jammu and Kashmir floods has begun in India.

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Excavations prove spread of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu: ASI

The Hindu, Sept 7, 2014

Tamil Nadu, India -- The recent finding of Buddhist vestiges in the form of stone sculptures and bronzes from over 125 sites in the State has revealed the once flourishing condition of Buddhist religion in Tamil Nadu, a senior official of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said.

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Archaeologists Unearth Remains of Buddhist Stupa at Bhimeswara Temple

By P Laxma Reddy, New Indian Express, August 23, 2014

VIJAYAWADA, India -- In an important excavation executed by the Archaeology Department after finding a wall at Bhimeswara temple at Chebrolu village in Guntur district, the officials have unearthed six railing posts of the Buddhist Stupa and several other precious remains.

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