Use of oil painting at bamyan in afghanistan predating european
"This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world," said Yoko Taniguchi, leader of the team of scientists.
They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamyan Valley.
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.
Bamyan lies on the Silk Road which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley.
monumental statues of standing buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters (8,202 ft).
Built in 507, the larger in 554 The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.