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Ashoka Pillar built in 300 BC by Indian Emperor Ashok during his pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha still stands Lumbini. A thorough excavation and investigation near the Ashok Pillar has found the Nativity Stone that was laid down to mark the Buddha’s birthplace.
An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. The team of archaeologists, including experts from Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust, is directed by Robin Coningham, UNESCO Archaeological Expert and Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham.
The UNESCO, after careful examination all facts and evidences, has already recognized Lumbini as the Buddha’s birthplace and a World Heritage Site.
In the 1800's, what started out as an attempt to plaster cast, sketch, and plagiarize architectural structures, ended up in bribery and thievery as Thomas Bruce, Seventh Earl of Elgin, systematically dismantled pieces of the Parthenon and shipped them back to England. His hopes of worldly recognition were met with apprehension as many members of parliament questioned the methods of Bruce's acquisition.
He had lied and portrayed the structures as objects victimized by war thus gaining some support and assuaging any feeling of remorse as to the methods they were acquired.
Thomas Bruce, bribed Ottoman officials into allowing his team atop the Parthenon, a place they were forbidden to go until the Ottoman's sided with the British during the war with France. The Ottoman's did not care of this magnificent structure anyway, and decided to accept the bribes and allow the looting to begin. Today, Greece, as many other nations, are demanding that ill gotten antiquities be returned to their native lands, where they may still be shown to the world, only with pride and dignity and not a means of thievery and conquering. Returning the Marlbes is not a small issue to the Greek people.
Because the Greeks founded the Olympics, one of countless contributions toward the embetterment of mankind, we demand that the Marbles be returned prior to the 2012 Olympics in London. Our beloved 'Olympic Flame of Peace' will stay in Greece if the Marbles are not returned.
No Marbles? No Flame. No Kidding!