Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ancient Buddhist site found in India (Ambaran)

Wisdom Quarterly; Venus Upadhayaya (, March 19, 2013)
Chenab river runs alongside the Ambaran site (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times Staff)
Ambaran masonry, the foundations of buildings (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times Staff)
Sign at Ambaran archeological site
The Srinagar Circle of [the] Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) carried out excavations for two seasons between 1999 to 2001 and 2008 to 2010, making it one of the latest Buddhist sites discovered by the ASI.
During the excavation, Buddhist a monastic establishment from the period of 1st to 3rd century ACE was unearthed.

A reliquary mound (stupa, pagoda), votive mound, and walls of a monastery were exposed, all built with burnt brick masonry.
Among the important antiquities found at the site are a large number of decorative terracotta statuettes, semi-precious stone beads, leaves, and ornaments, terracotta skin-rubber, iron nails, and copper pieces.
The most significant Buddhist structure is a Dharma wheel (Dharmachakra) mound unearthed during the scientific clearance work at the site in 2008-10, which exposed the remains of a platform missing its super structure. The structure is the first to be found in Jammu and Kashmir state in the northernmost part of India. More
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