Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lost medieval city found in Cambodia

A lost medieval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1,200 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology.

The city, Mahendraparvata, included temples hidden by jungle for centuries, many of which have not been looted.

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"We see from the imagery that the landscape was completely devoid of vegetation," Evans, a co-expedition leader, said.

"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."

http://m.phys.org/news/2013-06-lost-medieval-city-cambodia.html

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