Kroes Prasat Preah Puth
|Kroes Prasat Preah Pouth, Preah Put, Prasat Preah Poth, Mulapumok, Kampong Cham Kau, Preah Phout
|Kalay Ta Vang
|6th Century (?)
|Phnom Da B, Thala Borivat
Kroes Prasat Preah Puth, (or Preah Pouth), features extensive brick vestiges, located in a forested area south of the Sen River, approximately 100km east of the Mekong and Stung Treng Town. Remains are widely scattered across the site and include a double enclosing wall of brick and earth as well as a possible ancient reservoir situated some 250m to the south.
The very overgrown central area may correspond to 2 or 3 east-facing brick towers on a platform aligned south-north. Some sandstone fragments - including possible broken pedestals - are also discernable while well-preserved sandstone statues of Vishnu and Shiva unearthed in the vicinity are now housed in the National Museum of Cambodia. The life-size images appear to display an early, probable 6th-century, art style which would link the site to the ancient settlement of Thala Borivat.
Extensive deforestation appears to be ongoing in the area so let's hope the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts can protect (and investigate) the important site before any damage is done.
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