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UPDATED: 08:03, June 08, 2006
1200-year-old temple found in Bangladesh
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Bangladeshi Archaeology Department has discovered a Buddhist temple and a brick-soled road dating possibly between the seventh and eighth centuries in Bogra district, 230 km northwest of Dhaka, during a Bangladesh-France joint excavation recently, local media reported Wednesday.

Sources said a good number of antiques including ornamental and polished bricks, clay ornaments and toys, terracotta pieces and cast coins, were also found at the site.

Abdul said more excavation is needed to know more about the temple and its structure.

A huge number of bricks have been stolen from the temple at different times -- both before and during the excavation, officials at the Archaeology Department said, alleging lack of security at the site.

Earlier, the department discovered an earthen stove of 400 BC from the same area along with other antiquities from different periods.

Ancient coins, statues, terracotta and old house structures have been discovered at different points of the site during the joint excavation since 1993.

Source: Xinhua

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