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Cambodia's Lost City
Please go to the article for more information and a VIDEO! :) From the site: "Scratched and exhausted, Damian Evans pushed through dense Cambodian jungle into a clearing where mountain villagers long ago attempted to grow rice, stepping onto a weed-covered mound. "Bingo", the Australian archaeologist said as he picked up and examined an ancient sandstone block. "This is a collapsed temple that was part of a bustling civilisation that existed 1200 years ago . . . it looks like the looters were unaware it was here," he said. Over the next few hours, Evans and a small group of archaeologists hacked through more landmine-strewn jungle and waded through swollen rivers and bogs to discover the ruins of five other previously unrecorded temples and evidence of ancient canals, dykes and roads, confirming data from revolutionary airborne laser scanning technology called lidar. The discoveries matched years of archaeological ground research to reveal Mahendraparvata, a lost mediaeval city where people lived on a mist-shrouded mountain called Phnom Kulen, 350 years before the building of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex in north-western Cambodia. Advertisement Subsequent searches have identified two dozen more hidden temple sites. Evans, director of the University of Sydney's archaeological research centre in Cambodia, said the "eureka moment" in the discovery came weeks earlier when the lidar data popped up on a computer screen. A buddha carved into a rock face at an ancient Cambodian city that was discovered using laser technology. A buddha carved into a rock face at an ancient Cambodian city that was discovered using laser technology. Photo: Nick Moir "With this instrument – bang – all of a sudden we saw an immediate picture of an entire city that no one knew existed, which is just remarkable," he said. Heng Heap, a one-legged, chain-smoking former Khmer Rouge soldier, guided the expedition, hacking through the undergrowth and skirting landmines in the area where he knows every significant outcrop, stream and valley. Injured in three landmine explosions and wearing a prosthetic plastic leg, Heng Heap said he was surprised when the archaeologists, using GPS co-ordinates, pointed him straight to temple sites he never knew existed that were buried or hidden by jungle. Archaeologists at the Cambodian site. Archaeologists at the Cambodian site. Photo: Nick Moir "I knew some things were there but not all of them," he said between puffs of a village-made cigarette. Fairfax Media recorded the archaeologists pulling away undergrowth at several sites to find pedestals from collapsed temples that were probably looted centuries ago. Guided by the GPS loaded with the lidar data, they stumbled across piles of ancient bricks. They found two temple sites where no carved rocks or ancient bricks could be found scattered nearby, indicating they have never been looted. Local workers at the site of the find. Local workers at the site of the find. Photo: Nick Moir They also found a cave with historically significant carvings that was used by holy hermits who were common during the Angkor period. Lidar works by firing rapid laser pulses at a landscape with a sensor, measuring the time it takes for each pulse to bounce back. By repeating the process, the technology builds up a complex picture of the terrain it is measuring. On Phnom Kulen, the data revealed hundreds of mysterious mounds several metres high across the mostly buried city."
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i love reading abt expeditions of new discovery rather its species or places yet to be discovered.....hidden behind foliages and vegetation i believe there are lots of places that hasnt been discovered yet...
@cheerfulcallie Me too, sis. It's always so fascinating and really amazing that there are still things we know nothing about.