Britain returns trove of Angkor jewels to Cambodia

Officials received the 77 pieces from the family of an antiquities dealer.

Dozens of pieces of Angkorian crown jewellery stolen from Cambodia, many never seen by the public, have been returned after resurfacing in London, the Cambodian culture ministry said today.

The trove includes crowns, necklaces, amulets and other treasures from the Angkor period, which ran from the ninth to 14th centuries AD, when the Khmer empire was a dominant force in southeast Asia.

The ministry said officials in Cambodia received the 77 pieces from the family of British antiquities dealer Douglas Latchford.

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