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LAST_UPDATESun, 20 Aug 2017 7am

[Photos] Six Foot Tall Temple Guardian Discovered At Angkor Wat

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

Measuring 6-foot and 3-inches tall, the imposing statue represents an important find in the archaeological site in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

The statue was discovered Sunday by the government agency that oversees the complex, the Apsara Authority, working with experts from Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

According to Apsara Authority in a statement posted to its website, it is one of the largest statues from the era to be unearthed in recent years.

The famous ancient temple complex which unearthed the statue was believed to be a hospita from eight to nine centuries ago.

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

 

Angkor Wat was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which was flourishing during the 9th to 15th centuries. Many rare and valuable architectural and religious artifacts originating from Angkor Wat are beleived to have been looted and sold overseas, as popularised in Hollywood blockbusters like Lara Croft Tomb Raider and the Indiana Jones sequels.

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

The agency said the statue, believed to be from the 12th or 13 century, is thought to have been a symbolic guardian of the entrance of the hospital.

The 23-inch wide statue was found buried just 40 centimeters or a mere 16 inches under the ground.

The massive statue appears to be missing both of its feet, with the right leg ending just before the ankle, while the left leg ends near the bottom of the thigh. Both arms are missing just below the shoulders.

Pic: Apsara AuthorityPic: Apsara Authority

According to Apsara Authority, using laser airborne scanning (LiDAR) technology and ground penetrating radar, researchers were able to map the locations of eight buried towers found on the grounds of Angkor Wat.

Experts estimate the ancient hospital site dates back to a period between eight and nine centuries ago, and the remarkable artifact is now said to be one of the largest statues from the era to be unearthed in recent years, AP reports.

Report: Large Ancient Statue Found At Angkor Wat Complex

A surprisingly large statue has been uncovered at an important archaeological site in Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

- mD