Chinese, Indian archaeologists Mull Exploring Birthplace of Buddhism
Tuesday 24 May 2016
Chinese and Indian archaeologists are currently discussing a cultural cooperation project in the birthplace of Buddhism.
The Institute of Archaeology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will collaborate with Indian archaeologists at key sites in Sarnath, India.
The project will include excavations, cultural relics protection, and safety monitoring.
Sarnath in northeast India is known as the place where Buddha gave his first sermon, and is therefore considered one of the most important holy sites by Buddhists.
The exploration into Sarnath is expected to begin in November and last until 2020.
Meanwhile, another project focusing on Indus Valley Civilization settlements will also be launched at Rakhigarhi, west of New Delhi.
The projects will feature some of the world’s leading archeological technology, including 3D remote sensing, 3D imaging systems, as well as advanced indoor testing and analysis techniques.
The spread of Buddhism from India to China began during Han dynasty, nearly 2000 years ago.
Chinese monks Xuanzang, and Yijing were among hundreds of Chinese monks who made pilgrimage to India.