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The story behind the find will be featured in a National Geographic documentary set to air in February.
"The discovery of evidence of tree roots in the center of the earliest shrines at Lumbini - the presence of a tree shrine - add a real physical perspective to the Buddhist traditions of his life story, which associated Lumbini with the Buddha's birth under a tree," added Coningham, who is an archaeologist at Durham University.Determining Buddha's birthdate Previous evidence of Buddhist structures at Lumbini went only as far back as the third century B. Scholars have cited various dates for Buddha's birth, ranging from the third to the eighth century B. In Nepalese tradition, the most widely accepted date is 623 B. The freshly found evidence is consistent with that time frame, and that should help experts flesh out the historical background for Buddha, who was born as Siddhartha Gautama."The time at which he was born was actually a time of dramatic change," Coningham told reporters Monday.In the background of the picture, Buddhist monks can be seen meditating.A documentary on the project, "Buried Secrets of the Buddha," will premiere in February on National Geographic Channel.
' Now, for the first time, we have an archaeological sequence at Lumbini that shows a building there as early as the sixth century B.