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"We thought, 'Why not go back to archaeology to try to answer some of the questions about his birth?

The story behind the find will be featured in a National Geographic documentary set to air in February.

What the scientists found Lumbini has long been one of Buddhism's four holiest sites, but the current excavation is the first to plumb its archaeological depths in detail.

Starting in 2011, Coningham, Acharya and their colleagues documented the layout of a temple that was built in the third century B. Beneath that temple, they found the massive bricks of yet another temple that was built during a previous age. The National Geographic Channel documentary about the excavation, "Buried Secrets of the Buddha," will premiere internationally in February.

But Coningham said the significance of the study goes beyond the calendar.