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Archaeologists excavate 13 century statue in Cambodia

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Published Jul 31, 2017, 8:39 pm IST
Updated Jul 31, 2017, 8:42 pm IST
Archaeologists are studying the site of a hospital from eight to nine centuries ago at Angkor Wat temple complex.
In this March 20, 2015, file photo, the sun rises behind Angkor Wat on the northern outskirts of Siem Reap province, some 230 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Photo: AP)
 In this March 20, 2015, file photo, the sun rises behind Angkor Wat on the northern outskirts of Siem Reap province, some 230 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Photo: AP)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 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 1.9-meter (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.

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