Before there was Angkor Wat, there was Mahendraparvata, King Jayavarman the Second’s capital city, which flourished more than 1200 years ago. It was as big as the current capital, Phnom Penh and very sophisticated. However, like many ancient cities, it fell into obscurity and remained merely as a fable of inscriptions and histories.
Now, the site has been found and mapped, thanks to a team including Damian Evans, a native of Victoria, BC, who came to Cambodia as an undergraduate researcher and now leads the University of Sydney’s archeology centre at Siem Reap.
Here’s the amazing story, from The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/how-a-vast-ancient-city-was-discovered-in-the-cambodian-jungle/article13825813/
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