An archaeologist investigates in Hongmen Reservoir in Fuzhou, Jiangxi province, on Jan 8, 2017. The Buddha statue was first noticed at the end of last year when a hydropower gate renovation project lowered water levels in the reservoir by more than 10 meters. Judging from the design of the Buddha's head, the statue was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), according to archaeologists. [Photo: Xinhua]
Incredible! Ancient Buddha statue discovered, emerging as the water level of a reservoir in Jiangxi lowered, indicating a temple may have existed there.
Archaeologists carrying sonar equipment and other high-tech devices have started an underwater detection of the temple.
Villagers from Nancheng County early reported that they found a Buddha head when lowering water levels of Hongmen Reservoir. Experts said the statue was carved during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) according to its head design. The detection project will last until Sunday.
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