Statue fragments unearthed near Angkor Wat

Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702

Farmers near Angkor Wat unearthed some statue fragments which have been estimated to be 800 years old.

Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702
Bayon-era statues discovered near Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150702

Statues found in Siem Reap
Phnom Penh Post, 02 July 2015

The Apsara Authority yesterday received two 800-year-old statue fragments uncovered by a ploughing farmer in Siem Reap town’s Kokchak commune, near Angkor Wat.

According to an announcement from Apsara, heritage police and expert officials from the authority examined the statue, concluding that two pieces likely dated from the end of the Bayon era – around the end of 13th century.

One statue, a sitting figure, is about 20 centimetres tall by about 17 centimetres wide, and nine centimetres thick.

The other, a fragment of a statue’s head, had similar dimensions.

“After the expert officials examined and studied them, they concluded that they really are ancient statues, which are in the style of the end of Bayon Era, at the end of the 13th century.

Now the two statues were brought in for cleaning, and then they will be listed for storage and studying their ancient style before they are kept at museum,” the Apsara announcement reads.

Full story here.

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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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