| Khouth Sophak Chakrya |
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) – An Angkor-era pot is being cleaned by Apsara Authority Forest Management Department experts after being unearthed in Prasat Takeo Nursery in Siem Reap town’s Rohal village, Nokor Thom commune last Wednesday.
The pot will then be displayed at the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum in Siem Reap. The Apsara Authority is responsible for protecting the Angkor Archaeological Park. Its spokesman Long Kosal told The Post last Sunday that the ancient pot is in good condition, although its lip has been chipped by a hoe blade. It has a smooth brownish surface, while carvings on it reveal its origins.
“The pot is 15cm tall and 16cm wide. Based on its carvings, experts believe it was made in the Torp Chey kiln and was made between the 11th and 13th centuries in the Angkor era,” he said.
The Angkor-era Torp Chey kiln to the east of the site was unearthed in 2012 and is believed to be Southeast Asia’s largest kiln site. Kosal said Apsara Authority experts are removing salt deposits and bacteria from the pot’s surface before it is to be displayed at Siem Reap’s Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum.
The pot was found last Wednesday by Hai Hort and Chheng Vuchnea, officials with the Apsara Authority’s Forest Management Department, while cultivating land at the Prasat Takeo Nursery, an Apsara Authority report details.