12th century Buddha paintings found

A Nepalese shepherd led researchers to a cave where he had found cave-paintings of Buddha, including a 55-panel mural depicting the life of Buddha, dating back to at least the 12th century.

"I can unequivocally say that climbing into the caves was greatly more exciting than any emotions I had on Everest," said mountaineer Peter Athans, one of the Americans on the research team. "The opportunity to explore new ground with potentially significant discoveries imminent was far more enticing than the Everest summit."