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Department of Archaeology

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One million international visitors attend Walking with the Buddha Exhibition

(19 October 2018)

Over the summer a Durham University team co-curated an exhibition with the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum in Taiwan, which was visited by one million people, from 25 different countries.

The exhibition explored the life of Buddha, and was centred around the results of archaeological excavations at Lumbini in Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha.

Professor Robin Coningham, our UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, led the Lumbini excavation with Nepali archaeologist Kosh Prasad Acharya, and elements of their research including 3D printed reconstructions of the earliest temples at Lumbini, along with items from the Oriental Museum’s early Buddhist art collection, were displayed at the museum.

What did the Lumbini excavation discover?

In 2013 archaeologists led by Professor Coningham, uncovered evidence of a structure at the birthplace of the Buddha dating to the sixth century B.C. This was the first archaeological material linking the life of the Buddha — and thus the first flowering of Buddhism — to a specific century.

Watch Professor Coningham discuss the discovery on location in Nepal here.

Read the full article about Walking with the Buddha here.