Angkorian Statues Uncovered in Cambodia


One of the uncovered headless statues sitting outside Angkor Wat

Two large headless Buddha statues have been uncovered during an excavation at the Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Wat palace complex. Both statues are headless- if they were complete, they would be around 10 feet tall, making them the largest statues found since the 1930s. The significance of this find is extraordinary- the statues date to somewhere around the 12th century, during the time when Angkor Wat was being built. What is also interesting about this find is that archaeologists did not do this job alone; recent flooding in the Siem Reap region (where Angkor Wat is located) has washed away surface soils that kept the statues hidden.

The palace complex is extremely large and there still remains much to be uncovered. Since the end of the Cambodian civil war, many groups have been working on a 4 million dollar project in order to restore the palatial complex after decades of neglect. The complex draws millions of tourists every year, and with the rediscovery of these new statues, it is sure to draw more in the coming months and years.

I was very interested in these sets of articles because it alludes to how many uncovered finds are still out there- and not just in southeast Asia. This story could easily allude to any famous work of architecture from anywhere on earth, and I hope people will not think that these finds only happen in less-developed parts of the world.


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