Cache of Buddha statues found in cave

Cambodian villagers make a startling find while sourcing for rocks to quarry: a cache of over 80 Buddha statues hidden in a cave. The article does not mention the age of the caves.

Villagers discover lost statues
Phnom Penh Post, 12 July 2010

Villagers in Prey Veng province discovered 86 statues of the Buddha inside a cavern near Slek Krey Mountain in Ba Phnom district, local officials said yesterday.

District Governor Mau Eang said the statues were found on Wednesday by a former soldier and his wife, who earn their living selling rock quarried from the mountain.

The couple came across the pieces while prospecting on the mountainside, uncovering a cavern where the statues were concealed in a large earthenware jar.


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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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