Lost City Found in Cambodian Jungle

Archaeologists have made a stunning discovery in the jungles of Cambodia -- the lost city of Mahendraparvata. Strapping laser technology to a helicopter, the team scoured a mountain north of Angkor where ancient texts have long hinted at a hidden capital of the Khmer empire. The city was founded 1200 years ago by the Hindu warrior Jayavarman II, and predates the famous Angkor Wat by 350 years; but until now, no one knew where it was located. A decade of research combining historical and technological techniques resulted in a brilliant success.

[The University of Sydney team]... hacked through ... landmine-strewn jungle and waded through swollen rivers and bogs to discover the ruins of five other previously unrecorded temples and evidence of ancient canals, dykes and roads.

Incredibly, the remote mountain location and lack of rubble means the temples might never have been looted. It will take many more years to unearth Mahendraparvata's secrets, but the wait will be worth it. Hold on to your potatoes, Dr Jones!

Thom Dab Temple, Lost City of Mahendraparvata, Cambodia.

You might also like to check out this interactive tour of Angkor Wat & the Khmer Empire, and the following video of Graham Hancock exploring the Hindu cosmology that is embedded within the construction of this amazing site:

More 'lost cities' in the Grail news:
Ancient Maya City Discovered in Mexico.

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Delaiah's picture
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This is a really exciting find. And to think, people were living their entire lives in the middle of an ancient city and had no idea of its true extent.

Rick MG's picture
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Everytime I see or hear LIDAR, I keep thinking LIGER; hopefully they didn't strap one to a helicopter. Although having one of these bad boys prowling the jungles for ancient ruins would be quite a sight! Philip Pullman meets Indiana Jones.

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My son is getting a degree in Geographical Information Systems. He says that lidar is going to change everything. We will make associations and see patterns that will alter reality in fundamental ways.

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With all those burial mounds still undiscovered or unexplored in the US territory, we might be on the brink of a true historical revolution.

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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Let's hope there is a historical revolution...this current status of ours has certainly become toxic. :(

--No matter who wins the election, the government always gets in.

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LIDAR has been a resounding success in Honduras, helping to locate the lost city of Ciudad Blanca in remote, virtually unexplored jungle. It's being used in Mississippi too, revealing the Cahokia civilisation was much larger and more sophisticated than originally thought. Happy days ahead for archaeologists! Except in Afghanistan, Egypt, China...

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It's International Lost City Week! Archaeologists have announced the discovery of three huge complexes in the jungles of Mexico's Campeche region. Chactún, “Red Stone” or “Piedra Grande”, was only just found a few weeks ago. Read more at Past Horizons. Exciting times!

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I am waiting for the technology to start revealing really, really old stuff that had heretofore been so faint we had no idea anything at all was there. I am talking about the barest wisps of evidence that the algorithms can extrapolate. How many Gobekli Tepe type things and even much older things await our discovery? Things so far back we hadn't a clue there was any there there. How about Atlantis? I mean finally and really.

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I've been meaning to find an English link for this news :)

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It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

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