The art of stone sculpture in Assam was, however, still later, not earlier than the 1st century A.D. when at a place called Sri Surya Pahar some 'votive' stupas, i.e., small sized stupas in round, were carved out of solid rocks. We have no evidence of Mauryan (3rd century B.C.), works of art in this part of the country, so far. The Bhaitbai remains, after excavation, though studied by scholars, the claim to be the remains of a Buddhist stupa dating back to 200 or 300 B.C. made by some scholars is yet to be conclusively proved. But it is proved that Western Assam witnessed Buddhist settlement in the past.
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