Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drought exposes Angkorian temple site

Drought exposes Angkorian temple site

Drought exposes Angkorian temple site

Ancient Angkorian ruins previously hidden underwater have been exposed in a drying reservoir in a Thai village near the Cambodian border, the Bangkok Post reported yesterday.

The temple ruins, known by villagers as Tapieng Roun, are in Pattana village, Surin province, just north of Oddar Meanchey province in Cambodia, reported the newspaper. Surin province was historically part of the Angkorian empire and Angkorian ruins are common there.

Images of the site appear to show structures poking out from a shallow pool of water. Thailand, like the rest of the region, has been experiencing a crippling drought that scientists say is caused by a particularly powerful El Niño system.

The ruins are not a new finding, said Im Sokrithy, a senior archaeologist with the APSARA Authority in Siem Reap. The ruins, which he said are believed to be two temples representing a man and a woman, had previously been recorded by the Thai Ministry of Culture, he said.

Over the years, artefacts have disappeared from the Tapieng Roun site, likely taken by looters, the Bangkok Post reported.

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not