Archaeologists Uncover Buddha's Birthplace

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A lit display featuring a seated Buddha is pictured during the annual Buddhist festival of Vesak in Colombo on May 5, 2012.
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New research appears to shed new light about the origins and early life of Buddha.

For a few years, archaeologists have been excavating a site in Nepal that is said to be Buddha's birthplace.

And they now say that they've found evidence of a Buddhist shrine there that dates back to sixth century B.C.

Robin Coningham has published his research and findings in the journal Antiquity. Coningham is a professor of archaeology at Durham University in England and joins The Takeaway to explain this revelation.