Ancient inscription stone turned in for preservation

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Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313
Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313
Jayavarman IV inscription from Svay Rieng province. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190313

via Phnom Penh Post, 13 March 2019: 10th century inscription found in Camboidia’s Svay Rieng province.

A more than 1,000-year-old inscription stone, made during the reign of Jayavarman IV between 921 and 941, was handed over by a local pagoda to the Svay Rieng provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts on Monday for preservation.

Deputy department director Puth Sophanny told The Post on Tuesday that a woman from Svay Teap district’s Prasout commune had handed the ancient artefact to a former chief of Porthimony pagoda in 2011 in order to keep it safe, thinking that the stone was a “holy and God-possessed” object.

“Until now, no one knew the stone was 1,000 years old. The inscription could not be read or translated.”

Source: Ancient inscription stone turned in for preservation, National, Phnom Penh Post

Report of looting in Cambodia, with involvement by the authorities

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Khmerization translates an article in Koh Santeapheap about the looting of a 1,000-year-old man-made hill in Svay Rieng Province. The unauthorised dig was done apparently with the collusion of the local district chief and chief of police before excavations were stopped by the provincial heritage office.

A thousand year old burial site looted by powerful people
Koh Santeapheap Daily, translated by Khmerization, 20 January 2009
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