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A group of archaeologists who were working on a hill located on the outskirts of the town of Bhubaneswar, on the east coast of India. Aragada, that's what the hill is called, it has been the place that hid a Buddhist stupa that dates back, at least, to the first century.
But this place has so much more, there is a two-story temple It is located inside a cave that dates back to the 7th or 8th centuries and is a beautiful place from which you can see the meanders of the Daya River from the 174 meters high at which it is located.
Archaeologists have found the carved stupa after removing several layers of earth and wild bushes. Sunil Kumar Patnaik, Secretary for Southeast Asian Studies, stated that, “After a month of work, we have managed to find different architectural remains as well as a circular stupa on the top of the hill, although we will not be able to see it in its entirety yet because it will take approximately two weeks to know its complete form”.
Although Patnaik does not belong to the team of archaeologists, he is a renowned Buddhist scholar, so you don't want to miss an iota of the entire process. He declared that the style of construction of the stupa as well as the class of stones used, corresponds to a period older than the cave temple itself and that we could be talking about the 1st century.
All this seems to have a certain mystery because the arrangement between the locations of the Dhauli, Biswanath, Sisupalgarh and Aragada hills appears to form a kind of cluster, leading historians to think about the existence of a sizable Buddhist population.
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It is expected that as the excavations progress, more information on the site will be obtained and may provide a better perspective on antiquity of use of this area of the east coast of India.
As it has been possible to know thanks to the results of other excavations where stones of the same age as those of this temple on the hill of Aragada, there are many possibilities of finding different archaeological remains such as remains of metals or statues among others, which adds more emotion to this work that has been done for many months and from which very good results are expected.
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