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The destruction of the Bamyan Buddhas became a symbol of oppression and a rallying point for the freedom of religious expression.
Despite the fact that most Afghans are Muslim, they too had embraced their past and many were appalled by this destruction.
"This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world," said Yoko Taniguchi, leader of the team of scientists.
Bamiyan, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Kabul, was once a thriving center of commerce and Buddhism.
The Silk Road is a caravan route linking the markets of China with those of Western Asia.
Until the 11th century, Bamyan was part of the kingdom of Gandhara.
It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art.
Bamyan lies on the Silk Road which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley.Murals found on cave walls in Afghanistan prove that painting with oil had been going on in Asia for centuries before artists used the technique in Europe, scientists said this week.Until now, art historians believed that oil painting started in Europe in the 15th century.Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamyan cliffs.Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly-colored frescoes.