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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 - 15:05
Cambodia Angkor Wat: Ancient statue unearthed
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Archaeologists at Cambodia's celebrated Angkor Wat temple complex have unearthed a large statue believed to date back to the late 12th century.

The 2m sandstone human figure probably functioned as a guardian who stood at the entrance to an ancient hospital, researchers say.

Angkor Wat is one of south-east Asia's most popular tourist destinations.

Last year the complex - which was built over different periods of the Khmer empire from the ninth to the 15th centuries - attracted about 2.5 million visitors.

But many of the complex's most valuable items have been looted.

An archaeologist cleans the head of a statue after its excavation from the ground at the complex in Siem Reap province (01 August 2017)

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