Four bone fragments of the Buddha housed in the National Museum, Delhi are on a two-week tour of Sri Lanka to enable Buddhists there to pay homage to them. While all relics of the Buddha are revered, these are special. They are part of the trove of 22 bone fragments that were discovered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in the 1970s in Kapilavastu, Uttar Pradesh, where he grew up as a prince before renouncing the world.
The journey of the relics, from New Delhi to Colombo, and to six other places in Sri Lanka this year, being observed as the 2,600th anniversary of the Buddha’s enlightenment, brings up some old questions.
For the two governments, the historical antecedent of the relics is a settled fact, and the exchange of cultural artefacts between the two countries is a continuation of the long history that dates back to the days of Emperor Ashoka. Read more.
Waterloo University is set to repatriate a box of 18th-century bone fragments to a New York community that did not even know the bones were missing.
The bones came from Fort William Henry, a former British fort that was the scene of a brutal massacre of British troops by Huron warriors during the Seven Years’ War, an events depicted in the film The Last of the Mohicans.
Following a 1950s archaeological dig, the dug-up skeletons of the dead British soldiers were put on display as part of a full-scale reconstruction of the fort, which is located in Lake George, New York.
However, in 1993, local officials decided to rebury the bodies in a Memorial Day ceremony. At the time, organizers neglected to mention that some of the bones remained in archaeology labs in Arizona and Waterloo, Ontario. Read more.
Recent heavy rain has washed off a layer of ground that kept possible bone fragments of Guamanian ancestors unseen for hundreds of years within the cultural park development at Gun Beach, the developer confirmed yesterday.
“Several burial sites on the 25 acres of Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Park (were found) during the process of digging archaeological test pits over a span of several months,” said Ernie Galito, spokesman for the developer, adding that, recently, some bone fragments were uncovered by heavy rain runoff.
All bones have remained where they were found, according to Galito.
We’ve taken great care to be respectful and keep the remains as they were found and buried in their original location. Read more.