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British historian stumbles on world's oldest Buddhist paintings in Ajanta

By S Venkat Narayan, The Island, November 7, 2014

NEW DELHI, India -- In March this year, New Delhi-based British historian and author William Dalrymple visited the famous Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad in India’s Maharashtra state with his wife, and wandered into two lesser-known caves in the 31-cave complex - numbers 9 and 10. And the couple stumbled on what may well be a little over two thousand years old - the oldest paintings of Indian faces found anywhere in the world so far.

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Decay of Buddhist heritage goes unchecked

by Rajendra Kerkar, Time of India, Nov 1, 2014

Keri, India -- The copper plate of the Konkan Maurya ruler, Chandra Varman of 500 AD mentions the grant of land to the Buddhist, Mahavira of Shivapur. Some scholars have identified Shivapur with Aravalem and the rock-cut caves as Buddhist. There are others who believe that Shivapur was a locality in Shiroda of Ponda taluka.

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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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