via Phnom Penh Post, 14 September 2021: Before 2019, only 200 sites were identified.
At least 911 ancient historical sites have been discovered across Banteay Meanchey province since 2019, including ancient temples, graveyards, man-made ponds and roads, according to the provincial department of culture and fine arts.
Provincial department of Culture and Fine Arts director Yong Taing Koy told The Post on September 13 that the department had discovered ancient sites one after another through increased cooperation with local authorities and especially the cadastral department.
The discoveries have now been registered with the provincial department of culture and fine arts and placed under their management.
He said the ministry had advised all departments across the country to research and report on the discovery of any sites of interest.