A Buddha statue has been slowly emerging from a reservoir in east China’s Jiangxi Province as renovation work in the area has resulted in a lowering of the water level. What’s incredible about the finding is that the statue is thought to be about 600 years old.
The Buddha was first spotted by a local villager, and the finding could soon reveal a lot more. They have also discovered the base of a temple, leading researchers to believe that they might start to uncover more findings from an ancient town called Xiaoshi.
Archeologists have confirmed the authenticity of the statue. Xu Changqing, who is director of the Research Institute of Archaeology of Jiangxi province spoke out about the finding.
“A preliminary study of the statue suggests it was probably built during early Ming Dynasty, maybe even earlier as the Yuan Dynasty.”
The statue was submerged in 1960 when the Hongmen reservoir was built, which was before there was heritage protection in place.