Archeologists unearth another centuries-old tortoise statue at Cambodia's famed Angkor reservoir

Photo: The Apsara National Authority
  • Xinhua
  • May 9, 2020 3:04 AM

PHNOM PENH-- Archeologists have unearthed another large centuries-old tortoise statue during excavations in a reservoir at the complex of Angkor archaeological park in northwest Cambodia, a spokesman said on Saturday.

"We found another sandstone-made statue of a tortoise on Friday during excavations, and it is a little bit smaller than the one we unearthed on Wednesday," Long Kosal, communications director and spokesman for the Apsara National Authority, which oversees the Angkor archaeological park, told Xinhua.

The tortoise statue discovered on Wednesday measured 56-by-93 centimeters, he said.

The archeological excavation at the 10th century Srah Srang temple standing on an island in the middle of Srah Srang (Royal Bath) reservoir at the complex of Angkor archeological park started in late March and is scheduled to complete within six weeks.

The dig also found a number of other ancient objects, such as metal tridents, a large piece of a dragon statue, and many crystal stones, Kosal said.

Located in Siem Reap province, the 401-square-km Angkor archeological park, inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1992, is the kingdom's most popular tourist destination.

The ancient park attracted 384,317 foreign tourists in the first four months of 2020, earning gross revenue of nearly 18 million U.S. dollars from ticket sales, according to an Angkor Enterprise's report.

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