Video Tour of Bamiyan Caves

Earlier this year, archaeologists looking into the caves behind the destroyed Buddha in Bamiyan found oil paintings believed to be earliest in the world. BBC has a video tour of those caves

Japanese, European and American scientists restoring the cave murals dating back to around 650AD, discovered oil was used in the paint.Yoko Taniguchi, one of the Japanese experts working on the caves, told reporters this is the earliest known use of this technique in the history of art. She said it was previously thought the technique originated in Europe during the Renaissance, eight centuries later. But wandering through the Buddhist temples carved out of the rock, there is little left of the murals destroyed in the last 30 years of war after surviving for centuries.[Rediscovering treasures of Bamiyan]

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