Pieces of Buddhist text discovered in Afghanistan’s Mes Aynak

Pieces of a Buddhist manuscript believed to date back to around the seventh century discovered at the ancient settlement Mes Aynak near Kabul suggest the site was a prosperous Buddhist city, an Afghan archaeological institute revealed.

Pieces of Buddhist text discovered in Afghanistan's Mes Aynak
Pieces of Buddhist scriptures found at the Mes Aynak ruins
in Afghanistan [Credit: Kyodo]

The sutras written in Sanskrit on tree bark were discovered on a hillside a few years ago in Mes Aynak, approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Kabul, by the Afghan Institute of Archaeology, which believes the manuscripts may have been housed in an archive.

Pieces of Buddhist text discovered in Afghanistan's Mes Aynak
Part of the manuscript found at the Mes Aynak ruins
 in Afghanistan [Credit: Kyodo]

In 2009, the Afghan government began a full-scale excavation of the settlement, which is believed to have been occupied between the third and seventh centuries, and has since unearthed pagodas, Buddha statues and murals.
Experts said the site may have been the city described by seventh-century Chinese monk Xuanzang in the Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, which recorded his journey to India. The institute said it will take a few dozen years before excavation is completed.

Pieces of Buddhist text discovered in Afghanistan's Mes Aynak
The ancient settlement of Mes Aynak is seen approximately 40 kilometers
southeast of Kabul [Credit: Kyodo]

However, a Chinese company’s purchase from the Afghan government in 2007 of 30-year mining rights for a large copper deposit near Mes Aynak has generated concern that excavation of the ancient settlement could be hampered.

Source: Kyodo News [July 26, 2019]

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A first visit for me and quite a surprise.

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Finistras Rock Wall, Spain Горы Монсек в Арагоне, Испания

 

 

 

 

 

Finistras Rock Wall, Spain
Near Mountain Montsec at Aragón, Spain rises the mysterious stones known as the Finistres China Wall. Side by side position pointing to a non-natural construction. Also because they separate the river from the lagoon like if they were constructed on purpose to protect the inner valley.

Финистрас Рок Уолл, Испания
Около горы Монсек в Арагоне, Испания, возвышаются таинственные камни, известные как Китайская стена Финистрес. Рядом положение, указывающее на неестественную конструкцию. Кроме того, потому что они отделяют реку от лагуны, как если бы они были построены специально для защиты внутренней долины.

 

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