Jungle Of Cambodia Reveals Multiple Cities Between 900 to 1400 Years Old

First Posted: Jun 13, 2016 06:22 AM EDT

The archaeologists have unearthed medieval cities aged between 900 to 1,400 years old underneath the tropical forest floor near the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat.

The study was led by Dr. Damian Evans, an Australian archaeologist and other scholars. It will be printed in the Journal of Archaeological Science on Monday, according to The Guardian.

Dr. Evans stated that they have entire cities discovered beneath the forest that no one knew were there--at Preah Khan of Kompong Svay. It turns out that they uncovered only a part of Mahendraparvata on Phnom Kulen (in the 2012 survey). Today, they got the whole deal and it's big the size of Phnom Penh, which is the capital of Cambodia. The area is approximately 2,000 kilometers. The experts stated that this is the most extensive archaeological aerial survey that is ever conducted on Earth.

The researchers used a new laser scanning technology to identify the structures. They were placed onto helicopters and these allowed the researchers to get a number of high-resolution topographic images, which the researchers said they are extremely detailed and precise, according to Ancient Code.

The researchers identified mysterious geometric patterns that could be palaces and courts and old gardens. They were able to comprehend how the ancient water systems worked too. This will also lead to clues on how the Angkor Empire collapsed. This Empire which is also known as Khmer Empire had mysteriously vanished in the fifteenth century.

Dr. Evans said that they have discovered a huge number of new temples, ponds, quarries, ancient dams and other evidence of Angkor-era expansion into these ranges. Meanwhile, Michael Coe, one of the world's pre-eminent archaeologist and emeritus professor of anthropology at Yale University said that he thinks that these airborne laser discoveries mark the greatest advance in the past 50 or even 100 years of their knowledge of Angkorian civilization.

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