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2,000-year-old coin stash discovered at ancient Buddhist shrine in Pakistan

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Archaeologists in Pakistan have unearthed an extremely rare hoard of copper coins, thought to be more than 2,000 years old, from the ruins of a Buddhist shrine built at the even more ancient site of Mohenjo-Daro.

The coins and shrine — known as a stupa — are thought to date from the time of the Kushan Empire, a mainly Buddhist polity that ruled the region from about the second century B.C. until the third century A.D., and conquered the Greco-Bactrian kingdom established in Central Asia by Alexander the Great.

The shrine sits among the vast ruins at Mohenjo-Daro in what is now southeast Pakistan, which date to around 2600 B.C. and are from the ancient Indus Valley or Harappan civilization — one of the oldest civilizations in the world.


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