Mahendraparvata, believed to have been the first capital of the Khmer Empire, a powerful Southeast Asian state that existed during the Angkor period from the 9th to 15th centuries, had long-eluded archeologists, who knew of its existence but were unable to map it out because of the difficult terrain.
Studies of the city were further hampered by landmines leftover from the Khmer Rouge, who used the location in the Phnom Kulen highlands as a last stronghold when their regime came to an end in in the Cambodian-Vietnamese War.
In a new paper, published this month in the academic journal, Antiquity, an international team has revealed what they say is a definitive reconstruction of the form of the early Angkor-period capital, with the help of airborne laser scanning, a technique known as Lidar.
|MAFS' Tamara Joy flaunts her peachy assets on holiday in Cambodia||British pedophile who operated in Malaysia, Cambodia found dead in prison Monday, October 14, a.|
|Local News||A score for Pakistan at the end of 90 minutes means extra time and even penalties.|
|cambodia football live now tv||Striker Karim Ansarifard scored four goals and Sardar Azmoun hit a hat-trick as the Iranians handed Cambodia their heaviest ever defeat. The win came as 3, female fans were permitted to buy tickets for the game, the first time women have been allowed into the stadium in Tehran for a World Cup qualifier in more than four decades.|
|Cambodia League||The provincial police chief said: 'The report was investigated in detail and the arrests were made a few days after.|
|Olyroos one step closer to Tokyo 2020||The year-old woman was walking back to her hotel from a restaurant just after 3am last Friday in Kampot, in the south.|
It gave them an incomplete snapshot of the ruins and so they returned in to scan a larger area alongside a ground-based survey. The city was built on a plateau, covering some 40 to 50 square kilometres, and the team found that it was laid out in a grid structure, with each square in the grid revealing traces of buildings, including temples and grand palaces.
Mahendraparvata, does not seem to have been used as the capital for long because its mountainous location was unsustainable for inhabitants.
The heart of the Khmer Empire shifted to the city of Angkor, which lay to the south on a floodplain, and became the site of the now world-famous 12th century Angkor Wat temples. It has remained a source of fascination to historians, however.