via Phnom Penh Post, 08 September 2020: Lion statue found in Phnom Penh during demining operations.
Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last week.
The team was excavating and clearing mines for a planned groundwater reservoir which will also be the site of Phnom Penh’s sixth water pumping station. It is located along the Tonle Sap River in front of the Council for the Development of Cambodia, according to Ratana.
“This lion statue was found 4m underground and was broken into two parts. The ministry will keep it at the National Museum,” he said.
Ratana said it is not CMAC’s duty to care for the statue, so the organisation will leave it to the proper authorities to preserve it.