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Mahendraparvata was discovered using laser-scanning technology by the University of Sydney’s archaeology research centre in the country. A team from Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald broke the news of the previously-unknown city, which joins together a network of previously-known buildings and new discoveries. The archaeologists told the SMH that they believe some of the temples of Mahendraparvata, on the slopes of the Phnom Kulen mountain, have never been looted, and could contain countless treasures.
Damian Evans, director of the University of Sydney’s centre in Cambodia said: “We see from the imagery that the landscape was completely devoid of vegetation.
SMH photographer Nick Moir travels to Cambodia to cover Sydney University Professor Damien Evans leading several teams of archaeologists to the discovery of an entire Ankor city in the Siem Reap region of Cambodia. Using new maps and LIDAR to discover previously unknown sites where previously only a few isolated temples were known to be. The holy plateau region known as Phnom Kulen was also one of the last holdouts of the Khmer Rouge and is still heavily landmined with many of the ex Khmer Rouge villagers bearing the scars of mine injuries.
“One theory we are looking at is that the severe environmental impact of deforestation and the dependence on water management led to the demise of the civilisation...perhaps it became too successful to the point of becoming unmanageable.”
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
reply to post by Lady_Tuatha
Those photos look great!
The kind of Ancient City that makes you go 'Ooooh' and underneath all that Lush bush! I can imagine what other remains lay under all the bush in South and Central America & Asia.
I wonder if these 'Treasures' they speak of, will be Exhibited or taken and sold?? Or both?
I was watching a Documentary on ?Cambodia the other day.... looks like a great place to visit but you know what else is happening there? People are being forced out of their huts as big Businesses move in.... i.e Hotels and the business which goes with it.... Chinese Officials seem to be the ones doing it and they are only paying the occupants around $1,500 .
Its a disgrace when you know that in a few years when those big Hotels are up, Visitors will be charged $1,000 per night!edit on 17-6-2013 by TruthxIsxInxThexMist because: (no reason given)