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Peshawar antiquity

27 August 2011

At Daily News and Analysis India – see www.dnaindia.com/print710.php?cid=1579550, there is a report of the re-discovery of the remains of a Buddhist stupa and monastery near Peshawar in Pakistan – originally excavated in 1908 but left to fall into decay thereafter. The stupa, it is estimated, was as tall as a modern 13 storey building and was built in the reign of the Kushan emperor Kanishka – in the 1st century AD. The Chinese traveller Huan Tsong visited it in the 7th century AD – and the stupa was still standing.

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