An ancient sandstone statue dating back to the Angkor-era was discovered on Sunday in Siem Reap province as a group of archaeologists were excavating land to research an Angkor-era hospital site.
According to the Apsara Authority, the government body that manages the Angkor Archaeological Park, the discovery was made while research was being conducted in the Angkor Thom area of the Angkor Archaeological Park.
The authority said it was a temple door guardian statue in the Bayon style from 1180 CE to 1230 CE.
Apsara Authority spokesman Chao Sun Kerya said the statue is 2.1 metres tall and was discovered at the Tonle Sgnout temple by a group of Apsara Authority archaeologists working with colleagues from the Singapore-based Institute of South-East Asian Studies.
Ms Sun Kerya said archaeologists found the statue while they were excavating land to study the history of an Angkor-era hospital site along an ancient highway constructed by Jayavaraman VII from Angkor to a former Cambodian Phimai temple in Thailand.
“This statue will be kept for safekeeping and preservation in Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum,” Ms Sun Kerya said.