Angkoran canal destroyed

A Cambodian archaeologist is raising the alert that an ancient Angkoran canal is being destroyed – in some cases being dismantled in order to be converted into kilns.

Angkoran canal at risk. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20141124
Angkoran canal at risk. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20141124

Expert urges gov’t to save site
Phnom Penh Post, 24 November 2014

An archaeologist is pleading the government to save an Angkorian-era canal before the work of brick makers completely erases the site.

Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the 120-kilometre stone channel was used to transport building materials from a quarry to Angkor Wat, according to archaeologist Thuy Chanthourn, deputy director of the Institute of Culture and Fine Arts.

Chanthourn submitted a six-page report about the destruction to Prime Minister Hun Sen, Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, the director of the Apsara Authority and the director of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts last week.

β€œIt is unacceptable destruction. I am so sorry since this ancient canal, which remains from our ancestors, should be taken care of instead of being ruined,” Chanthourn said.

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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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