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Khmer Kingdom

#1  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 23, 2014 9:55 am

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29245289

At its peak, in the late 12th Century, Angkor was a bustling metropolis covering 1,000 sq km. (It would be another 700 years before London reached a similar size.)


So exciting! This Indiana Jones type find is why I got into anthropology and archaeology in the first place! Wish I could be involved with the exploration! :)
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#2  Postby Ironclad » Sep 23, 2014 10:40 am

Angkor never looked so good. The 'lazer mapping' has revealed a huge complex, I guess no one knew just how big this thing was. There could be untold treasures in there!
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Re: Khmer Kingdom

#3  Postby Sendraks » Sep 23, 2014 11:25 am

That is pretty darn amazing. A pretty staggering insight into exactly how well developed earlier civilisations were and how much we've fallen back as a species. Imagine what the world would be lack if the Khmer had been left to continue to develop their civilisation.
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#4  Postby Clive Durdle » Sep 23, 2014 3:21 pm

Watch what happens when they do this to the Americas, especially central and southern!
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#5  Postby Clive Durdle » Sep 23, 2014 3:25 pm

I was in the British Museum a while back, and was surprised to find the America bit is actually a very small proportion of the whole building. It is fascinating to realise that what we learn about is extremely biased to that we are already familiar with!
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#6  Postby Onyx8 » Sep 23, 2014 4:40 pm

Brilliant.
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#7  Postby DougC » Sep 23, 2014 5:06 pm

:this:
This is great stuff.

Anyone know where we can get some Agent Orange?
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Re: Khmer Kingdom

#8  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 23, 2014 5:29 pm

Chuck in the Amphipolis tomb discovery, and this has been a really overwhelming year for Archaeology!
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#9  Postby Alan B » Sep 23, 2014 5:46 pm

Got it set to series link: BBC 2 Thursday 25th at 20:00.
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Re: Khmer Kingdom

#10  Postby DougC » Sep 23, 2014 5:47 pm

Thanks. :thumbup:
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#11  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 23, 2014 7:37 pm

Alan B wrote:Got it set to series link: BBC 2 Thursday 25th at 20:00.


Gah... what I wouldn't do for some quality television! Thai TV is FUCKING DIRE, so incredibly bad even describing it would make me cringe.
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#12  Postby Evolving » Sep 23, 2014 8:04 pm

Can you get one of those, oh, what are they called, thingies that make the BBC think you are in the UK? Someone in the UK to host you?
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#13  Postby Evolving » Sep 23, 2014 8:09 pm

A virtual private network.
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#14  Postby Evolving » Sep 23, 2014 8:10 pm

Then you could access BBC iPlayer, I mean.
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Angkor Wat Yields More Secrets

#15  Postby Calilasseia » Sep 23, 2014 8:20 pm

From the BBC ...

It took over a century of gruelling archaeological fieldwork to fill in the map. The lost city of Angkor slowly began to reappear, street by street. But even then significant blanks remained.

Then, last year, archaeologists announced a series of new discoveries - about Angkor, and an even older city hidden deep in the jungle beyond.

An international team, led by the University of Sydney's Dr Damian Evans, had mapped 370 sq km around Angkor in unprecedented detail - no mean feat given the density of the jungle and the prevalence of landmines from Cambodia's civil war. Yet the entire survey took less than two weeks.

Their secret?

Lidar - a sophisticated remote sensing technology that is revolutionising archaeology, especially in the tropics.

Mounted on a helicopter criss-crossing the countryside, the team's lidar device fired a million laser beams every four seconds through the jungle canopy, recording minute variations in ground surface topography.


See the full article for some amazing images of what the archaeologists found when they used Lidar to map the surroundings of Angkor Wat. The mapped area is at least 8 km square, which means that the ancient city of Angkor was comparable in size to numerous modern cities in the West.

It's perhaps telling that climate change did them in. Read on.
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Re: Khmer Kingdom

#16  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 23, 2014 8:21 pm

Sounds technical and I'm a bimbo.
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#17  Postby Zwaarddijk » Sep 23, 2014 8:31 pm

Sendraks wrote:That is pretty darn amazing. A pretty staggering insight into exactly how well developed earlier civilisations were and how much we've fallen back as a species. Imagine what the world would be lack if the Khmer had been left to continue to develop their civilisation.

"Early civilizations". 12th century. Something don't add up there.
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#18  Postby Coastal » Sep 23, 2014 8:35 pm

Thank you, fascinating. I like this new tech, would work well in South America.
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Re: Khmer Kingdom

#19  Postby Spearthrower » Sep 23, 2014 8:36 pm

Earlier

2014 > 1200 - I have a feeling the math works out! :grin:
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#20  Postby Zwaarddijk » Sep 23, 2014 8:40 pm

Spearthrower wrote:Earlier

2014 > 1200 - I have a feeling the math works out! :grin:

And "fallen back as a species" - how's that make sense?
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