Austrian, Mongolian partner to unearth buried Buddhist artifacts

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Last weekend, Austrian online media producer and amateur archeologist Michael Eisenriegler (above) and his Mongolian colleague, Zundoi Altangerel, uncovered two crates worth of irreplaceable artifacts, including manuscripts, Buddhist statues and clothing.

It was shown live and online last weekend at the Hauptplatz in Linz — full disclosure: 80+1 is a sponsor of the Gobi Treasure project.

The relics that were found were part of a larger collection that was once housed at Khamaryn monastery, 450 kilometers southeast of Ulan Bator. The Communist government in Mongolia destroyed and pillaged the monastery in 1937. Some boxes of the materials were saved by Tuduv, a monk at the monastery. He buried 64 boxes, and told his grandson Zundoi Altangerel the location of the buried treasure in the Gobi Desert.

When communism ended in Mongolia in 1990, Altangerel dug up around 20 of the boxes, leaving around 40 still buried in the desert.

More than half of the crates are still buried in the Mongolian Gobi.

Altangerel has not said when he will reveal the location of the remaining crates.

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