fredag 18. oktober 2019

Ancient 'lost city' of the Khmer Empire uncovered in Cambodia

Researchers have identified the elusive ancient "lost city" of Cambodia for the first time, according to a report published Tuesday. In a project that has spanned years, an international group of scientists used aerial laser scans and ground-based surveying to map Mahendraparvata, or the Mountain of Indra, King of the Gods.

The Angkor region of Cambodia in Southeast Asia is best known for its monumental temples of brick and stone, such as Angkor Wat, most of which were built between the ninth and thirteenth centuries AD. Recently, interest in the social and environmental context of these temples has grown, with researchers using a range of techniques to illuminate the everyday lives of the people who built them and inhabited the surrounding areas.