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Satellite technology to help explore ruins of ancient university

Bihar, India, 15 April 2006: Satellite imagery could be put to use for exploration in and around the ruins of the ancient Nalanda University in the Indian state of Bihar, with experts feeling that the remains of the Buddhist seat of learning already excavated are just the tip of the iceberg.

While the current extent of the more than 2500-year-old Nalanda ruins is 1.6 square kilometres, the oldest university in the world is believed to have been spread over a much bigger area. Satellite mapping of Nalanda can be conducted to check if there are any more remains of the ancient university that can be excavated. The hi-tech sensing mapping equipment available in the state can be used to find out what may still lie underneath.