Two jugs from the 9th and 13th centuries have been handed over to the Apsara Authority after being kept in a villager’s home in Siem Reap for 15 years.
The artefacts were discovered by a family in Krolang district’s Kampong Thkov commune while digging land.
Pok Vanna, an operation service manager at the Siem Reap International Airport, said that his father-in-law discovered three jugs initially, but one of them was broken while workers were digging the land.
“My father-in-law found the jars 15 years ago when he was digging land,” he said, noting his father in law then gifted them to him after he married his daughter.
“My mother-in-law told me that there were actually three jars found at the time, but workers broke one of them becaue they suspected that it might contain some treasures, but it had nothing inside,” Mr Vanna added.
Mr Vanna said he decided to hand over the two jars to the Apsara Authority last week in order to ensure their preservation for future generations because he was worried his children might break them while playing.
Ear Darith, deputy director of Angkor-International Centre for Research and Documentation, said the two jugs were made in the Angkor era during the 9th and 13th centuries.
Mr Darith said the jugs have been cleaned and taken to the provincial museum.