via Khmer Times and other sources, 08 May 2020: More exciting finds from Srah Srang are revealed by the Apsara Authority – a large turtle sculpture (associated with Vishnu) that may also be a reliquary. Earlier this week, it was reported that metal tridents, crystal stones and a naga head was found at the site.
Archaeologists from the Apsara Authority yesterday unearthed a large stone sculpture of a turtle during its excavation project at the Kandal Srah Srang temple of Siem Reap province’s Angkor Archaeological Park. The artefact joins the list of recent discoveries made by the authority this month.
On Monday, the Apsara Authority uncovered several artefacts: two metal tridents – one of which was intact while the other was broken, crystal stones and a large sculpture of a dragon head.
Chea Socheat, director of the excavation project in Kandal Srah Srang temple, said the turtle sculpture bore no distinct patterns, except for a square impressed on its shell.
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