They discover a huge network of medieval cities under the jungle of Cambodia
Experts already speak of one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the last 50 or 100 years concerning the Khmer Empire. Located near the famous Angkor Wat temple, These medieval cities would be between 900 and 1,400 years old and will help to better understand what these new data could now position as the largest empire in the world.
From here the world was dominated centuries ago © Corbis
"We have entire cities discovered under the forest that nobody knew were there," he explains to The guardn Damian Evans, the Australian archeologist author of the study. To then highlight that some of them they could be as big as Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.
The data obtained through an innovative laser technology reveal, among other things, extensive street systems and water channeling achieved with mechanisms that historians did not believe possible at that time. The stimulating thing about this discovery is that it will allow archaeologists to question and rethink everything we know so far from the Khmer Empire, especially, regarding its size during the twelfth century and, especially, its decline in the fifteenth century.
To carry out this finding, archaeologists employed Lidar, a system by which lasers fired from a helicopter to land that cross the thickness of the jungle are used, getting a very detailed set of images of the earth's surface. The data were taken in 2015, in what is considered as the largest study conducted with this system by a team of archaeologists who analyzed 1,901 km2.