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Images of unearthed Buddha statues

2012-03-26 10:19:47 GMT2012-03-26 18:19:47(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A head of a Buddha statue is unearthed from a pit by archaeologists at a site in Ye city in North China's Hebei province, on March 26, 2012. [Photo/CFP]

A piece of a Buddha statue is unearthed from a pit by archaeologists at a site in Ye city in North China's Hebei province, on March 26, 2012. [Photo/CFP]

An unearthed head of a Buddha statue is seen at a relic site of Ye city in North China's Hebei province, on March 26, 2012. [Photo/CFP]

A head of a Buddha statue is seen at a relic site of Ye city in North China's Hebei province, on March 26, 2012. [Photo/CFP]

A part of a pit with a large number of Buddha statues imbedded is seen at a relic site in Ye city in North China's Hebei province, on March 26, 2012. [Photo/CFP]

During the Spring Festival of 2012, a team of archaeologists from China Academy of Social Science and Cultural Relic Institute Hebei Province, discovered a pit with a large number of Buddha statues imbedded, in Beiwu village of north Ye city.

Among the unearthed Buddha statues, the archaeologists have numbered 2,895 pieces with thousands of others unnumbered. The Buddha statues, mostly made of white marble and blue stone, could date back to the Eastern Wei and Northern Qi dynasties (534 AD-577 AD). This pit is one of the most momentous archaeological finding in modern China since its founding in 1949, with the most Buddha statues unearthed.

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