27 November 2008

Fragment of Skull of Buddha

A teeny tiny pagoda (4 feet x 1.5 feet) was found in Nanjing - it is thought by archaeologists to be one of the 84,000 pagodas commissioned by Ashoka the Great.

Wait there's more exciting news.

A description of the contents of the pagoda was also found: a gold coffin bearing part of Buddha's skull inside a silver box. Although scans have confirmed that there are two small metal boxes inside the pagoda, experts have not yet peered inside.