Pre-Islamic stupa marks site of Buddhist temple

A coral stupa, a mound-like structure supposedly containing relics of the Buddha, has been discovered in Raa atoll Agolhitheemu, in the Maldives Islands off the coast of India. The stupa may prove that the site was once a Buddhist temple which was destroyed when Islam came to the island.

The stupa resembles a giant chess pawn. Local experts hope that excavation of the site will give insight into the country's Buddhist past.