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Over 100 Sandstone Buddha Statues Unearthed at Ta Prohm Temple

PHNOM PENH, May 2, 2024 — A significant archaeological find has been reported at Ta Prohm Temple, where over 100 pieces of sandstone Buddha statues have been uncovered during recent excavations.

The discovery was made by the restoration team from the Department of Conservation of Monuments and Preventive Archaeology of the APSARA National Authority, as detailed in an April 30 news release. The unearthed statues, which were buried approximately 10 to 15 centimeters underground, are predominantly in the Bayon style, known for its distinctive artistic features from the late 12th to 13th centuries.

The dimensions of some of the statues measure up to half a meter in height and 40 to 50 centimeters in width, indicating their significant size and craftsmanship.

The excavation at Ta Prohm Temple continues, with expectations that additional statues may still be found. This ongoing archaeological effort highlights the rich cultural heritage preserved within Cambodia's famed temple complexes.

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