US returns to Cambodia dozens of antiquities looted from historic sites

Some of the artefacts, which range from the bronze age to the 12th century, were stolen from ancient Khmer capital Koh Ker.

The United States will return to Cambodia 30 looted antiquities, including bronze and stone statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities carved more than 1,000 years ago, US officials have said.

The south-east Asian country’s archaeological sites – including Koh Ker, a capital of the ancient Khmer empire – suffered widespread looting in civil conflicts between the 1960s and 1990s.

Cambodia’s government has since sought to repatriate stolen antiquities sold on the international market.

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