Natalie Khoo is a 22-year-old archaeology student from Singapore who was part of the team which made an important discovery at an archaeological dig in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2017. More specifically, she was part of the team that found three 800-year-old Buddha statues, including a Buddha of healing and medicine. This discovery confirmed that the site was once a medical facility.
Natalie is no stranger to archaeological projects. In 2014, she was part of the team that recovered some three tonnes of artefacts from the Empress Place excavation, some of which are now on display at the ACM. She also regularly volunteers on archaeology programmes with the ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute’s Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre. In time, she hopes to join the ranks of a small but growing number of Singaporean archaeologists working to protect and promote Singapore’s archaeological heritage.