-- Director General of Cultural Heritage
Department of Fars Province denied reports on
discovery of Buddha statues in the province.
Japanese daily *******Asahi******* in its Monday
issue said 19 statues of Buddha have been
unearthed in the central Iranian province.
the Iranian official said, "In no historical
period, Iran has been under the influence of
Buddha culture." Since the 1979 victory of
Islamic Revolution no expert group from Japan has
conducted excavation operations in Fars Province,
he said adding therefore the report is unfounded.
has quoted a Japanese archaeologist as saying it
was quite surprising to find out that the Buddhist
culture had once found its way to this part of
Asia. "Buddha statues had been traced in
Afghanistan upto now, and it is the first time
they are being found in Iran, he claimed.