Buddha Statue Destruction Led to Discovery of Ancient Archaeological site

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During the Taliban’s destruction of two Buddha statues in Central Afghanistan, 50 caves were discovered that unveils ancient archaeological site. The destruction of the Buddha statues from between the 5th and 6th centuries A.D. is considered as destruction of culture. Although this produced buzz all over the world, the effect of the destruction is far more popular news.

The 50 caves that house the ancient archaeological site contain rare oil paintings. Buddhist monks are assumed to be the painters of the wonderful works of arts discovered. Most of the paintings show the Buddhist mythology. The cave was covered with ancient frescoes. By the discovery of these ancient artifacts, it was argued that oil painting was used even back then. The art works are tested reveling that it was made by mixing powdered inorganic materials mixed with oil or glue. From a destruction of one heritage structure, something more bigger and better was revealed.

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