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Scientists from around the world have since embarked on a painstaking process to collect the remnants of the dynamited statues and reconstruct them.
More than seven years after the Taliban destroyed the two giant Buddha statues at Bamiyan, an Afghan-led archaeological team has uncovered the remains of a third giant Buddha nearby.
The remains of the 19-meter-long reclining Buddha statue were discovered this summer within the foundations of an ancient Buddhist temple less than 2 kilometers from the niches where Bamiyan's two giant Buddha statues once stood.
It all goes back to March 2001, when in Bamiyan, central Afghanistan, the Taliban destroyed two giant Buddha statues, probably dating from between the middle of the 6th and 7th centuries AD.
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Now, provided his health and funding holds out, Tarzi says he is willing to repair the newly discovered reclining Buddha.