What was the view of H. H. Cole concerning the preservation policy of the stupas?

H.H. Cole condemned the British officials who took the original ruins of the stupas to the museums in India as well as London. He suggested that the ruins recovered from these sites should be preserved in their original places. The museums should contain plaster-cast facsimiles of sculpture. Unfortunately, Cole failed to convince the British officials about his ideology of preservation of the Amaravati Stupa. However, the Sanchi Stupa adopted the idea of in-situ preservation.

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