Found: Medieval City in Cambodia

Fans of lost civilizations, this one’s for you, courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald:

Archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology have discovered a lost mediaeval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1200 years ago.

The stunning discovery of the city, Mahendraparvata, includes temples hidden by jungle for centuries – temples that archaeologists believe have never been looted.

An instrument called Lidar strapped to a helicopter which criss-crossed a mountain north of the Angkor Wat complex provided data that matched years of ground research by archaeologists. The research revealed the city that founded the Angkor Empire in 802AD.

The University of Sydney’s archaeology research centre in Cambodia brought the Lidar instrument to Cambodia and played a key role in the discovery that is set to revolutionise archaeology across the world.

Archaeologists and exploration and mapping experts have uncovered more than two dozen previously unrecorded temples and evidence of ancient canals, dykes and roads using satellite navigation co-ordinates gathered from the instrument’s data…

[continues at the Sydney Morning Herald]

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3 Responses to Found: Medieval City in Cambodia

  1. BuzzCoastin June 15, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    kewl
    Angkor Wat is pretty trippy place
    I spent Christmas Eve 2007 inside Angkor Wat during a full moon
    way kewl

    I highly recommend a month or two in Cambodia
    but Angkor & Siem Reap are not worth a lot of time
    the Heart of Darkness Bar, Phnom Penh is worth a visit
    the CIA guys are always at the FCC for breakfast, FYI

  2. David Tanstaafl June 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I think it’s hilarious that scientists think a site hasn’t been looted just because they “just found it” As if there aren’t locals that have known about it all along. Typical Western-centric thinking.

    • InfvoCuernos June 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

      I think they should just go ahead and change the definition of “discover” to : when white people find out about something-like when Columbus “discovered” America already populated with people that were apparently clueless about where they were.

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