Buddhas May Stretch Out, If Not Rise Again

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Science  08 Nov 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5596, pp. 1204
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5596.1204

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KABUL-- Monks took decades to carve the enormous Buddhas that for more than 1500 years greeted travelers to the Bamiyan Valley. But they disappeared in a few brief seconds when the Taliban regime dynamited the magnificent statues in March 2001. Now a UNESCO team finds that at least the larger of the destroyed Buddhas could be salvaged, although the smaller one is mostly powder.