The Bicycle Bell Was Found In A Layer With Ancient Buddha Statues In Angkor
In Cambodia, archaeologists excavating a temple in the ancient city of Angkor Wat unexpectedly discovered more than a hundred fragments of Buddha statues that were buried along with modern items such as a Bicycle bell.
This largely accidental discovery was reported by the Khmer Times. With the permission of the authorities, local archaeologists conducted excavations on the territory of one of the temples that were part of the giant temple complex of Angkor Wat.
The works were carried out since an irrigation system is planned to be installed on this site. As a result, archaeologists came across fragments of statues. So far, 141 such fragments have been found. However, their number may increase, as the excavations are still ongoing.
Analysis has shown that all these fragments are parts of Buddha statues. According to scientists' calculations, pieces of 21 sculptures were found in total. Interestingly, in the pit where they were stacked, researchers also found relatively modern items, such as a wooden window frame, a Bicycle bell, and the rim of a Bicycle wheel.
This refuted the original suggestion that the split sculptures were hidden in antiquity. Archaeologists believe that they were probably dumped into a pit and filled with earth in the 60s or 70s of the last century.
Scientists note that the heads of statues were not found among the debris. They may lie at even greater depth - at the moment, the depth of the excavation is only 40 cm.
By the way, the nature of this "burial" indicates that the artifacts were buried intentionally. And whoever did it tried to erase all traces so that no one would find the statue.
Even the archaeologists were helped by chance. No one planned to excavate the site, as it was not of interest. If not for the planned construction work, the researchers would not even come here.
The fragments were sent for laboratory analysis, and now scientists will have to date them. The history of these statues can go back up to 1000 years. This is indicated, for example, by a discovery made in March 2020 near this place. Then archaeologists unearthed the remains of a wooden structure that is more than 1000 years old.