Canal highway for construction material found in Angkor

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Archaeologists have discovered a possible canal which links the Kulen mountains to Angkor, thus providing a ‘highway’ from which to transport the sandstone that was used to construct the temples.

Building blocks of Angkor Wat were shipped in by canal
New Scientist, 20 October 2012

Quarries and transportation routes of Angkor monument sandstone blocks
Journal of Archaeological Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2012.09.036
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Before you take Buddha out of Thailand…

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16 November 2007 (Phuket Gazette) – Did you know you need a permit before taking Buddha images out of Thailand? I didn’t either. Shoppers looking for souvenirs in Thailand should take note then. While most of the images are cheap imitations, apparently some archaeological material may slip through, like how a Khmer sandstone head was seized from a departing tourist last year.

Phuket Gazette, 16 Nov 2007

Seized Buddha images donated to Thalang museum

In a small ceremony at Phuket International Airport, Airport Customs officials yesterday handed over to the Thalang National Museum 93 Buddha images seized from departing tourists over the past year.

Phuket Airport Customs Director Ruthai Lertkietdamrong told the Gazette most of the images were seized from tourists who bought them from shops unaware that they needed permission from the Fine Arts Department to take them out of the country.

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