Exquisite 12th Century Lion Sculpture Dragged From Reservoir in Cambodia

In Cambodia, a major discovery has been announced. Officials from the Department of Protection and Conservation of Ancient Constructions have stated that a large statue of a medieval lion was discovered. It was found in a reservoir near a historic temple complex and archaeological site. The lion is unique and has been returned to a nearby temple, where it once stood centuries ago.

Government archaeologists were investigating the site of an ancient jetty at an old reservoir, known as a baray, that dates from the mighty Khmer Empire , best known for its former capital Angkor Wat . The experts were working within the precincts of the Banteay Chhmar temple complex which is in Cambodia’s northern Banteay Meanchey province. While working on the jetty, they came across a monumental sculpted figure, completely by chance. The archaeologists first identified the feet of the statue and its base. Then with the aid of some local workmen they began to dig and they found a massive figure of a lion, of a type made to guard temples and other important sites.

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