Four sandstone remnants of Buddha statues dating back to the Jayavarman VII era were discovered at an Angkor-era hospital site on Sunday in Siem Reap province.
Em Sok Rithy, deputy director of the International Centre of Research and Angkor Documents, said the remnants were discovered at the Tonle Sngout temple by a group of Apsara Authority archaeologists working with colleagues from the Singapore-based Institute of South-East Asian Studies.
“There are more remnants, but we have discovered only four so far,” he said, adding that the artefacts were buried about 30 centimetres under the ground.
Examinations of the remnants show that they are different pieces of statues, he said.
“We have placed them in the museum temporarily. They will be publicly displayed after we finish analysing and studying them,” he said.
Mr Sok Rithy added that among the remnants was one so-called medicine Buddha, which was being checked by specialists.
The archaeologists also found a temple door guardian sandstone statue in the Bayon style from 1180 CE to 1230 CE.