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12th Century carvings found at Takav Gate

THE STAR – Researchers have discovered pieces of the 12th Century Apsara, or fairy carvings, in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province, the Apsara National Authority said in a statement.

The stone carvings were spotted in the northern wall of the causeway of the Angkor Thom temple’s Takav Gate, where the archaeologists were clearing vegetation and removing soil from the lower structure during restoration.

Archaeologist Kim Seng Pheakdey said the pieces of stones with Apsara carvings and other decorative sculptures were used as the northern wall of the causeway.

“These Apsara carvings are similar to the Apsara on the pillars of the Bayon Temple, while other stone carvings have the same shape as the ones that decorated the structure of the Takav Gate,” she said.

Pheakdey said the Bayon-style Apsara carvings might have been built simultaneously with the Takav Gate and the Bayon Temple during the late 12th Century and early 13th Century.

She said they will do the excavation next to find Deva statues that had fallen into the moat in the north of the causeway in order to restore them back to their original positions. The Takav Gate is one of the five gates of Angkor Thom, built in the late 12th Century.

An Apsara carving found recently in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province. PHOTO: THE STAR