Police in Banteay Meanchey province believe that human remains unearthed by a construction crew on Thursday likely have been at the site since the mid 1950s.
While digging to build a gate for the Chamkar Knol pagoda complex in O’Ambel commune in the province’s Sisophon district, the crew found the bones of a person who was most likely buried there around 1955, said O’Ambel commune police Chief Chhim Vuthy.
Many people of Chinese descent living in the commune during Sangkum Reastr Niyum buried their dead in the area where the bones were found, Chhim Vuthy said.
“It is not an ancient grave, but the body was buried during 1950s Sangkum Reastr Niyum era, when mostly Chinese people buried their ancestors before the pagoda was built,” Chhim Vuthy said.
After the provincial Department of Culture examined the bones, and determined they were not ancient remains, officials decided to keep them inside Chamkar Knol pagoda, Chhim Vuthy said.