Archaeologists at the National Authority for Preah Vihear on August 11 began excavating the fifth gate at the Northeast corner of Preah Vihear Temple to research the technical aspects of the foundation of the gate.

The Authority said today that the archaeological excavation work kicked off with a ceremony held under the auspices of Ear Darith, director of preservation and archaeology at the National Authority for Preah Vihear.

The excavation is being carried out in collaboration with an archaeologist team from India.

The excavation is being conducted to gain an in depth understanding of the methods employed in the construction of the gate and to gather data in preparation for further preservation and restoration.

The excavation is expected to last for 30 days.