Ancient Angkor era artefacts have been found in a garden where Apsara Authority officials were digging to plant trees in Siem Reap province.
According to an authority report yesterday, two vases, two dishes and two medicine grinders were found two weeks ago in the garden east of Thommanon temple.
Ear Darith, the deputy director of Angkor-International Centre for Research and Documentation, said the artefacts were used in Angkor era hospitals and everyday life.
“It is interesting that these artefacts were found at the east gate (Victory Gate), which is a special gate of the temple,” he said.
Mr Darith said the vases were made between the 11th to 15th centuries and were used by people with high status.
The celadon, or green-glazed, dishes were imported from China, produced in Zhejiang province between the 13th and 15th centuries.
All the artefacts have been stored at the Angkor International Centre for Research and Documentation for further research.
So far this year, 11 artefacts have been delivered to the Apsara Authority for safe-keeping in Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor museum.