A team of archeologists near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have unearthed a statue of sleeping 'Budhha' during excavations. The statue which measures 48 feet in length dates back to the third century. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Archaeology And Museums Director Abdul Samad has told Dawn News: "The 48-feet-long 'sleeping Buddha' statue dates back to the third century, which makes it the world's oldest 'sleeping Buddha' statue." The statue has been safely excavated with its head in an intact form. Abdul also added;"We have discovered more than 500 Buddha-related objects during excavations, in addition to the 48-feet long 'sleeping Buddha." This latest discovery has once again opened new chapters of the ancient Taxila Valley Civilisation that once flourished in the vicinity. "This is one of the few sites in the world to have the cruciform Stupa, which was reserved for Buddha himself," Samad had said.