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Cambodia uncovers hidden temples

Issued: 9 September 2003

Cambodian specialists have discovered seven ancient temples in Siem Reap are that had been lost to the invading forests and years of civil war in the country.

Some 15 kilometers from Angkor Wat, an ancient temple was recently found in early September. The officials believe it was a Brahman temple, dating back to the late 9th to early 10th century and unrecorded in any documents.

It was the villagers who found this temple covered by the forest while going deep into the jungle and told this to the officials.

Following the discovery, it is believed that many other temples may be still hidden in the forest. Meanwhile, it prompted the authorities to protect and demine the area. The site where the temple was uncovered is known by the locals as Ta Lar Taly, covering the area of about 40 square meters, and its structures reached 15 meters high. The other six temples, which were found in late August and early September north of Siem Reap, were deemed to have been built around the same period and were about 60 square meters.

Due to natural causes and looters who stole most valuable artifacts from the site, most of the temples found suffered dramatic damage to about 50 percent of their structure.




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