In Cambodia, archaeologists who conducted excavations in one of the temples of the ancient city Angkor VAT, suddenly found more than a hundred fragments of Buddha statues that were buried along with modern items such as a Bicycle bell.
this is largely a random discovery, told the newspaper the Khmer Times. With the permission of the local authorities, archaeologists conducted excavations in the territory of one of the temples, which was part of a giant temple complex of Angkor Wat.
the Work was carried out due to the fact that in this area it is planned the equipment of an irrigation system. As a result, the archaeologists stumbled upon fragments of statues. At the moment there are already 141 a fragment. However, their number may increase as excavations are still ongoing.
the Analysis showed that these fragments are parts of Buddha statues. According to scientists, overall found 21 pieces of sculpture. Interestingly, in the pit, where they were stored, the researchers also found a relatively modern objects, e.g., wooden window frame, Bicycle bell and rim of a Bicycle wheel.
It was denied initially assumed that the broken sculptures were hidden in ancient times. Archaeologists believe that they were probably thrown into the pit and covered with earth in 60-ies or 70-ies of the last century.
Scientists say that the wreckage has not been found the head statues. They may occur at greater depth, in the moment, the excavation depth is only 40 cm
by the Way, the nature of this “dumping” suggests that the artifacts were intentionally buried. And the one who did it, tried to erase all traces so that no one statue is not found.
Even archaeologists have helped the accident. No one had planned to spend in this place excavations, as it was not of interest. If not for the planned construction work, the researchers here did not even come to be.
the Fragments sent to a laboratory for analysis, and now scientists have to date them. The history of these statues can be up to 1000 years. This is indicated, for example, the discovery, made in March 2020 not far from this place. Then archaeologists have unearthed the remains of wooden structures, whose age exceeds 1000 years.