Ancient lion statue dug out in Cambodia returned to temple

An ancient lion statue that was dug out earlier this week in Banteay Meanchey’s Thma Puok district has been returned to Banteay Chhmar temple, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts said.

Earlier this week, officials of the Department of Protection and Conservation of Ancient Constructions unearthed a larger-than-life lion statue during an excavation at a reservoir inside the Banteay Chhmar temple complex.

The recovered statue stands over 2m high and is about 70cm wide. It was found at a depth of about 1.5m.

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