Bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting by some six

A recent scientific discovery, sadly based on a cultural atrocity, has brought to light new evidence that places the development of oil painting in Asia, and several centuries earlier than the previously assumed development in Europe in the 15th Century.In 2001 the Taliban thought it was in the interest of their God to destroy two huge statues of the Buddha (somebody else’s God, and so, unworthy of existence), in a region of Afghanistan north of Kabul.Another contains artifacts from Aï Khanum, a Greek city in northern Afghanistan.A third features untouched treasures from what is thought to be a merchant's storeroom in Begram, sealed up 2,000 years ago.

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The results of this investigation were just published in the on Tuesday, though they were presented at a scientific conference in Japan in January.This kind of violent intolerance fits in with the mindless, hind-brain driven actions common to religious fanatics everywhere, but developed to a particularly extreme degree by the contemptible thugs of the Taliban, members of which have set out on a campaign to destroy treasured artifacts of other cultures that don’t fit into their pin-headed view of what’s “correct”.The upside was that interest in the sites was sparked among rational human beings, and archeological and scientific investigation was focused, in particular, on the Buddhist cave murals.The discovery may also provide insights into cultural exchange along the Silk Road connecting east and west Asia during that time period.The UN World Heritage-listed Bamian Valley, which lies 145 miles (240 kilometers) northwest of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, is best known as the home of two giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. researchers have been working to preserve the damaged murals in a project partly funded by UNESCO.