World's Earliest Buddhist Structure Uncovered

November 25, 2013--- At one of Buddhism's most revered pilgrimage sites, a National Geographic archaeologist's team has uncovered evidence that the Buddha lived in the sixth century B.C., much earlier than some scholars had believed. The excavation at Lumbini, Nepal, long identified as the birthplace of the Buddha, revealed a previously unknown timber shrine once stood there, it's walls mirroring more recent brick temples.

A documentary on Coningham's exploration of the Buddha’s life, “Buried Secrets of the Buddha,” will premiere on the National Geographic Channel.