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Buddhist troves

The cash strapped Archeological Survey of India is still doing excavations, this time in Chattisgarh state. The items discovered include

* a Buddha statue dating back to the 6th century
* various scriptures
* monasteries and nunneries
* a six foot statue of a lady with a missing hand and Greek like features
* the only depiction of bison fights
* a unique hollowed out cylinder with ?jali? work carved out of a single stone

“Antique trove unearthed at Sirpur”:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=46997117

bq. The discoveries have been mentioned in the writings of Huen Tsang, who had visited Sirpur in the 7th century. The writings also reveal that there is a Bodh Stupa made by King Ashoka, 100 Bodh Vihars and 150 temples in Sirpur. These when excavated could reveal a city that could be four times biggert han Nalanda.

Huen Tsang, is a person we all have learned in our history books. He was the person running the Lonely Planet channel in the 7th century AD.

(Source “Indian Archeology Mailing List”:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/IndiaArchaeology/ on Yahoo)

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Ancient Indian Mathematics

The Jains recognized five kinds of infinities. They had various rules regarding combinations and permutations. They concieved of large amounts of time. The founder of Jainism is said to have been a mathematician (the first time I am hearing this). Another prominent person is Bhadrabahu.

“Ancient Jaina Mathematics: an Introduction”:http://www.infinityfoundation.com/mandala/t_es/t_es_agraw_jaina_frameset.htm

bq. As mentioned before, the Jainas recognized five different kinds of infinity: infinity in one direction; infinity in two directions; infinity in area; infinity everywhere; and infinity perpetually. This is quite a revolutionary concept, as the Jainas were the first to discard the idea that all infinities were same or equal, an idea prevalent in Europe till the late 19th Century.

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Buddha's Bones

“Buddha’s bones on display to public”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=309383

bq. The bones were found during the 1958-1962 excavation by noted archaeologist AS Altekar of a Buddhist monastery at Vaishaligarh, 35 kilometres from Patna, capital of the Bihar state. “The bones of Lord Buddha were found in a casket made of a stone along with a gold plate, zinc coin and glass beads,” Ms Aggrawal said. The bones have been authenticated by archaeologists.

Did not know that they had discovered Buddha’s bones.

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Hortus Malabaricus

Hendrik Adriaan van Rheede was the governor of Cochin from 1670 and
1677 when Cochin was a Dutch Colony. He undertook an effort to write a
treatise called Hortus Malabaricus meaning the “Garden of Malabar”, on
the medicinal plants of Kerala.

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3500 years back

“Ancient site discovered in Bihar”:http://www.ndtv.com/morenews/showmorestory.asp?slug=Ancient+site+discovered+in+Bihar&id=37419

bq. They have found a 3500-year-old site in Pandavsthan village and some 2,000 artifacts that are said to date to around 1500-2000 B.C. Pandavsthan’s residents always believed their village got its name from the Mahabharata and that the Pandavas spent some time here.

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