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Crumbling cigars of bark bring scholars 1 step closer to ancient words of Buddha

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      The oldest Buddhist texts in the world are crumbly, prone to flaking into pieces at any time. Even conservators can’t touch them with their bare hands.

      Before they were found, the oldest manuscripts that scholars could study — texts from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand — were only a few hundred years old and often damaged by the tropical climate.

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