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Dear Colleagues, Thanks to Matthew Kapstein for the NYT article and his critical remarks. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/26/science/new-clues-may-change-buddhas-date-of-birth.html?_r=0 The NYT article and several others follow a pattern that I have observed with media, especially online media, when dealing with new sensational discoveries: Almost none of the online journalists have (/take the) time to ask for a second expert opinion when they get the news agency reports. If at all, they contact the discoverer, simply because it is the name they have at hand. Another of the issues involved is that archeology, dealing with material things, seems to be considered "science", while the study of history as a whole is just "humanities" (at least in the anglophone world) and thus less reliable. These were my experiences when dealing with the "Lama Wearing Trousers" last year. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/recently-discovered-meteorite-buddha-with-swastika-likely-a-fake-a-862919.html I have now organized a panel by the title "Authenticity, Uncertainty, and Deceit in Buddhist Art and Archaeology" at the IABS 2014 in Vienna - to which everyone interested in such methodological questions is warmly invited. Dr. Achim Bayer Dongguk University Faculty of Buddhist Studies, Room B411 30, Pildong-ro 1-gil, Jung-gu Seoul 100-715 Republic of Korea http://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg.de/index.php?id=142&L=1 ---------------------------------------------- H-Buddhism (Buddhist Scholars Information Network) Web Site: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism Posting Guidelines: http://www.h-net.org/~buddhism/posting_guidelines.html Account Handling: http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-buddhism Bibliography Project: https://www.zotero.org/groups/h-buddhism_bibliography_project/items H-Net Job Guide: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php --