Archeologists unearth 3,000 ancient Buddhas in China believed to date back 1,500 years

Archaeologists digging in Handan, China have unearthed nearly 3,000 ancient statues of Buddha.

Researchers in January salvaged artifacts believed to be up to 1,500 years old during an excavation outside of Ye, the ancient capital of the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties.

The discovery is believed to be the largest of its kind since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

An archaeologist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told reporters in March the Buddha statues could date back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties (A.D. 534 to 577).


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