Archaeologists, monks visit millennium-old Buddhist site

Munshigan-Pic-2Dhaka Tribune
Our Correspondent, Munshiganj

Monks and archeologists from India, China, and Korea visit the 1000-year-old Buddhist town found through excavation in Nateswar in Munshiganj yesterday
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Archaeologists and Buddhist monks from different countries yesterday visited the remnants of an ancient Buddhist town discovered recently at Nateshwar village in Tongibari upazila of Munshiganj.

A team of 20 archaeologists and monks from India, China, and Korea visited the ancient town – thought to be around a thousand years old – as well as visiting the sadar upazila’s Bajrajogini village, which is believed to be the birthplace of Buddhist scholar Atish Dipankar.

Those present during the visit included Awami League leader Nuh-ul-Alam Lenin, who is the chief patron of the excavation initiative, the project’s Research Director Dr Sufi Mostafizur Rahman, China Buddhist Association (Tibet branch) Chairman Drub Kang, Prof Chai Huarbo from Hunan Provincial Institution of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, and Munshiganj (sadar circle) Assistant Superintendent of Police Md Emdad Hossain.

On February 16, the discovery of the archaeological site was made public at a press conference in Nateshwar.

Over the last two months, archaeologists have discovered many different structures at the site, such as octagonal piles, chambers, pedestals, etc.

Four Chinese archaeologists are accompanying 20 researchers from Bangladesh at the excavation site.

The archaeological dig will continue until the arrival of the rainy season

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