Carved stone turtle unearthed from Angkor reservoir in Cambodia

Archaeologists also found several other ancient artefacts at the site of a small temple within the World Heritage site.

Cambodian archaeologists have unearthed a large centuries-old statue of a turtle at the historic Angkor temple complex in the country’s west.

The 56 centimetre by 93 centimetre (22 inches by 37 inches) carved stone turtle is believed to date from the 10th century and was discovered on Wednesday during digging at what was the site of a small temple that had been built on Srah Srang, one of Angkor’s several reservoirs.

Researchers pinpointed where the temple had been and workers drained off the water to enable the dig, which began on March 16, said Mao Sokny, head of the excavation team of the Apsara Authority, a government agency that oversees the Angkor archaeological site.

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