Remains of 100 undiscovered ancient temples thought to date back to the 6th century, excavated in the Cambodian jungle, claim archaeologists
- Cambodian archaeologists claim to have found nearly 100 ancient temples
- The team believes that the temples date from the 6th or 7th century
- This would make them hundreds of years older than the Angkor Wat complex
- The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, were excavated in the historic Samphu Borak area of the Kratie province in eastern Cambodia
Archaeologists claim to have found the remains of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient temples in the jungle of Cambodia.
The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, have been excavated in the historic Samphu Borak area in the Kratie province in eastern Cambodia.
The team believes they date back to the 6th and 7th centuries, hundreds of years older than the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex dating back to the 12th century.
Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world, on an area of 162.6 hectares.
The newly discovered temples date from the sixth and seventh centuries and were found in the historic Samphu Borak area, along the Mekong River.
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Archaeologists claim to have found the remains of nearly 100 previously undiscovered ancient temples in the jungle of Cambodia. The temples, which in many cases are just foundations, have been excavated in the historic Samphu Borak area of the province of Kratie in the province of Kratie in eastern Cambodia
Samphu Borak was one of the most populous regions of the pre-Angkorian era of Cambodia.
Traditionally known as Chenla, the region was previously known as the Funan kingdom and became part of the Khmer empire.
Thuy Chanthourn, deputy director of the Institute of Art and Culture of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that the remains of the temples were not included in previous studies by French or Cambodian archaeologists.
They were not mentioned in the final study and were not on the list of ancient temples of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts.
Mr. Chanthourn said: & # 39; I have found nearly 100 temples that have not been excavated before. We will conduct further inspections and investigations. & # 39;
Alison Carter of the Anthropology Department at the University of Oregon, director of P & # 39; teah Cambodia, investigating ancient ruins, told Asia Wire: & I think that when we & # 39; temple websites & hear people think of Angkor Wat or Ta Prohm, but in fact many Angkor and especially Pre-Angkor temple sites were quite small.
& # 39; Perhaps a single small tower that often no longer stands, so it is not surprising that it would be so many unregistered sites. & # 39;
The team believes they date back to the 6th and 7th centuries, hundreds of years older than the world-famous Angkor Wat temple complex dating back to the 12th century. Angkor Wat is a complex in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world
Despite extensive efforts to find sites about ten years ago, smaller sites such as those now uncovered are easily missed.
& # 39; It is great that Cambodian archaeologists do this work because having a careful site registration is an important first step for their protection and study.
& # 39; Everyone focuses on places in Cambodia with a fixed architecture, but finding so many sites in other parts of the country shows that other parts of Cambodia were occupied in the past and are important places.
& # 39; Compared to the Angkorian period, we do not know much about the pre-Angkorian period. Every new information like this helps us to create a more holistic view of the past. & # 39;
The sandstone temples are believed to have been built by followers of the early Hindu religion of Brahmanism.
Mr. Chanthourn's team is now planning to use GPS technology to conduct in-depth research into the temples and to record and save them in more detail.
THE RAMBLING COMPLEX FROM ANGKOR WAT
Angkor in Cambodia is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and home to the beautiful remains of the Angkor Wat
The temple complex is located 5.5 kilometers north of the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia. The region contains the remains of the various capitals of the Khmer Empire, dating from the 9th to the 15th centuries.
The Angkor Wat temple was built in the early 12th century by the Khmer king Suryavarman II.
What is the Khmer word for temple. It was built as a Hindu place of worship but in 1432, when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was maintained by Buddhist monks.
Angkor in Cambodia is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and home to the beautiful remains of the Angkor Wat. The temple complex is located 5.5 kilometers north of the city of Siem Reap in Cambodia
Although at first sight Angkor Wat appears to be a mass of stones with a central elevated road, it actually consists of a series of elevated towers and covered galleries on different levels connected by stairs.
The galleries and columns define the boundaries for the first and second levels, while the third level supports five towers: one in each corner and one in the middle.
Each tower has graduated layers that form a cone shape, and the highest tower within the temple complex is 69 meters.
The outer gallery of the temple contains bas-reliefs that extend over almost 600 m (600 m), including the Ramayana gallery in the western part.
Angkor Wat is thought to have been built as a funerary temple for King Suryavarman II overlooking the west towards the setting sun – a symbol of death.
The bas-reliefs are designed to be viewed from left to right in the order of a Hindu funeral ritual, and this supports funerary claims.
Angkor Wat becomes a & # 39; miniature replica of the universe in stone & # 39; and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world.
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