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'Mauryan empire extended till China and Nepal'
Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | October 18, 2007 13:07 IST
The ancient Mauryan empire had spread beyond India, all the way till China and Nepal, according to noted Italian archaeologist Giovenni Veradi. He has drawn this conclusion on the basis of his recent excavation in Gotiwa at Nepal.
The Gotiwa excavation was conducted by him in collaboration with the Nepal government. Gotiwa is barely 25 km from Lord Buddha's birth place Lumbani.
Historians believe that the Mauryan empire stretched from its capital Patliputra till Assam in the east. In the west, the Mauryan kings' reign spread beyond Pakistan and covered some parts of Afghanistan, including Herat and Kandahar provinces.