Archaeologists have excavated a large statue in Angkor Wat temple complex, Cambodia. They believed that the statue belongs to the late 12th century.
Angkor Wat is most popular tourist destination in Cambodia.
Researchers say that may be this sandstone figure served as a guard of an ancient hospital. The statue is two meter tall which though to be date back late 12th century to early 13th century. It was unearthed on Saturday. The local media stated it as, ‘like something that only happens in the movies’.
The Angkor Archeological Park is a world heritage site. It also consists on the remains of different capitals of Khmer Empire. The history of the site dates back from 9th to 15th centuries. Moreover, it is most popular tourist destination in Cambodia.
Last year the complex fascinated about 2.5 million visitors. However, many of most valuable items at complex have ransacked. Experts described the latest discovery as most important to have found at Angkor in recent years.
Archaeologists discovered the statue 40cm (16in) underground while unearthing a hospital. The hospital built during the rule of King Jayavarman VII (1181-1220).
King Jayavarman VII was popular for his social welfare. The discovered hospital was a prominent example of that.
The arms and legs of statue have broken. However, carvings on its body and head are visible. Experts say that this information gleaned on the lifestyles of people of era.
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