Ar­chae­ol­o­gists at Angkor Wat find large buried statue

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Ar­chae­ol­o­gists at Cam­bo­dia's Angkor Wat tem­ple com­plex study­ing the site of a hos­pi­tal from eight to nine cen­turies ago say they have found a large statue in their ex­ca­va­tions. The gov­ern­ment agency that over­sees the com­plex, the Ap­sara Au­thor­ity, said on its web­site that the 1.9me­ter (6-foot, 3-inch) tall, 58-cen­time­ter (23-inch) wide statue was dis­cov­ered Sun­day by its team, work­ing with ex­perts from Sin­ga­pore's In­sti­tute of South­east Asian Stud­ies. It is one of the largest stat­ues from the era to be un­earthed in re­cent years.

The agency said the statue, be­lieved to be from the 12th or 13 cen­tury, is thought to have been a sym­bolic guardian of the en­trance of the hos­pi­tal. It was found buried 40 cen­time­ters (16 inches) un­der the ground, and will be put on pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion in the mu­seum in the north­west­ern prov­ince of Siem Reap, where Angkor is lo­cated. In late 2011, ar­chae­ol­o­gists at the tem­ple com­plex un­earthed the two largest Bud­dhist stat­ues found there in eight decades.

Angkor was the cap­i­tal of the Kh­mer Em­pire, which flour­ished from ap­prox­i­mately the 9th to 15th cen­turies. Large num­bers of ar­chi­tec­tural and re­li­gious ar­ti­facts have been looted from there and sold over­seas, while oth­ers were buried for safe­keep­ing dur­ing a civil war in the 1970s. — AP

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Tourists take pho­tos of the sun­rise at the Angkor Wat on the north­ern out­skirts of Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia.—

Im­age made avail­able by the Ap­sara Au­thor­ity of the Cam­bo­dian Gov­ern­ment, ar­chae­ol­o­gists ex­am­ine a 1.9me­ter (6-foot, 3-inch) tall, 58-cen­time­ter (23-inch) wide statue at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia.

The sun rises be­hind Angkor Wat on the north­ern out­skirts of Siem Reap prov­ince, north­west of Phnom Penh, Cam­bo­dia.

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