Well this is all interesting news…..photos of monks sitting in the midst of the dig are moving.
“This is the earliest evidence of a Buddhist shrine anywhere in the world.
“It sheds light on a very long debate, which has led to differences in teachings and traditions of Buddhism.
“The narrative of Lumbini’s establishment as a pilgrimage site under Ashokan patronage must be modified since it is clear that the site had already undergone embellishment for centuries.”
The dig also detected signs of ancient tree roots in the wooden building’s central void – suggesting it was a tree shrine.
Tradition records that Queen Maya Devi gave birth to the Buddha while grasping the branch of a tree within the Lumbini Garden.
From BBC Website ‘Earliest shrine’ uncovered at Buddha’s birthplace.