Tomb raider caught at Angkor park

… and no, he doesn’t look like Angelina Jolie, either. But the Cambodian man was caught using an “electric-powered machine” gathering artefacts near the Takeo temple.

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Angkor tomb raider nabbed by police
Phnom Penh Post, 02 July 2009

A MAN suspected of illegally gathering ancient artefacts from a compound at Angkor Wat was sent to Siem Reap provincial court on Wednesday, Heritage Police officials said.

“We sent him to the provincial court already, but we don’t know how long it will be until the court charges him,” said Li Hok Seng, a deputy director of the Heritage Police.

Chea Sophart, also a deputy director of the Heritage Police, said Sunday the 34-year-old Banteay Meanchey man identified only as Ryn was arrested while using an electric-powered machine to collect artefacts about 400 metres northeast of Takeo temple on Sunday.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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