Ancient pottery from the 9th and 10th centuries of the Angkor era has been handed over to the Apsara Authority for cultural preservation.
In a post on its Facebook page, the Authority said a villager in Siem Reap province’s Doun Keo commune discovered the pottery three months ago and handed it over last Friday after learning of its true heritage.
The post said Kang Lor discovered the pottery while he was digging a pond for his ducks in Thnot Chrum village.
“Although this green glazed pottery is not big, it belongs to our Cambodian ancestors, not to any private citizen,” said Mr Lor.
“That is why I want the competent authority to keep it. If they keep it, it will be safe for future generations of Cambodian children to see.”
Mr Lor added that anyone else who finds ancient artefacts should hand it over to the authority for safe keeping rather than selling them to traders.
Ear Darith, deputy director of the Angkor-International Centre for Research and Documentation, said the pottery was likely used to store liquids, such as medicines or honey.
Last month, another citizen handed the Authority a jar made between the 11th and 15th centuries which had been used to store salt, sugar, prahok and other liquids related to daily life.