My heart still breaks when I think of the Buddha statues that were destroyed back in 2001, but this recent find does make me feel just a little bit better..

Buddha statue find at Afghan site [BBC News]

The seat of Bamiyan Buddhas: The Taleban dynamited the Buddha statues in 2001

A giant statue of a Buddha has been discovered in central Afghanistan, near to the ruins of the world-famous Bamiyan Buddhas.

Archaeologists say the 19m (62ft) statue is in a sleeping position and dates back to the Third Century.

Other relics such as coins and ceramics were also found.

The Taleban blew up two giant standing Buddhas carved into the mountainside at Bamiyan – once a thriving centre of Buddhism – in 2001.

The statues, the tallest such standing Buddhas in the world at the time, were considered by the Taleban to be un-Islamic representations of the human form.

Archaeologists are working on restoring the larger of the two Buddhas in a project that is expected to take a decade… [Complete article from BBC News and a video clip: here.]