The Cambodian authorities have officially announced the finding of six ancient statues of Buddha. The statues are thought to be at least a thousand years old. The unexpected discovery was made by a group of local children bathing in a lake. Patrick Sakhon, spokesperson for the department of culture in the Kampong Chhnang province, stated that the statues were found found in Khleng Por, approximately 50 miles north of Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital. It has been estimated that the statues were erected between the ninth and twelfth centuries. The largest of the six is just a little bit taller than 50cm and weighs 9kg. The statues were transported to the national museum in order to be studied. The surprising aspect of the discovery is that the statues were found buried in the lake bed, a lake that has recently been dug out.
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