Well, it's long been debated by religious scholars. When did the man known as the Buddha lived? Some hold that he lived around the 3rd century B.C.E. While others contend that he lived and died much earlier. According to new discoveries described in the journal antiquity. Archaeologists have unearthed evidence that may resolve this age-old question. Working alongside praying monks and nuns at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal. An international team of archaeologists uncovered the ruins of an ancient structure very deep beneath that temple.
When and Where was Buddha Born?
Maya Devi Temple has been used for thousands of years to mark the place where the Buddha was supposed to be born under a tree. The oldest known landmark on the site, ruin consisting mainly in the sandstone pillar has been dated to the 3rd century B.C.E. Leading some to conclude the man known as Buddha born as Siddhartha Gautama lived around that time. But after burrowing even further down under the site. The team found a series of even older ruins build one on top of the other. At the bottom was an open roofless structure made of wood.
Tracking Down the Past
Using Radiocarbon Dating and a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminescence which can reveal when certain minerals for last exposed to light. The archaeologists dated the structures to the 6th century B.C.E. That's three hundred years earlier than the sandstone pillars. In the center the wooden structures open space. Archaeologists have found the roots up an ancient tree further suggesting where maybe he got his birthplace. The Director General of UNESCO—the UN agency that took part in the research called it, 'An important discovery at One of the Most Holy Places for One of the World's Oldest