1,700-Year-Old Buddhist Temple Discovered in Bangladesh

Narinjara, Feb 10, 2007

Dhakka, Bangladesh -- A Buddhist temple dating from around 1,700 years ago has been discovered in a recent archaeological excavation in a northern district of Bangladesh, reports a Bangladesh newspaper.

The Buddhist temple was discovered in Shibganj Township in Bogra District when the archaeological department started excavations there.

The regional director of the archaeological department said the entire temple may be uncovered if the excavation work that started in early December, 2006, runs according to plan.

The newly excavated temple is over 1,700 years old and the lower part of the temple was decorated with arched panels of terra-cotta and ornamental bricks, said an official from the archaeological department.

A brick structure comprised of some small rooms has also been discovered in the temple.

Previously, an approximately 1,500-year-old pre-Pal period Buddhist temple was excavated on the same premises.