A team of archaeologists from Australia has found an ancient city buried for more than 1,000 years beneath Cambodia's soupy jungles.
If at seems at times that our globe is already thoroughly mapped and explored, all its corridors charted and its mysteries explained, then the latest news out of Southeast Asia is solacing – there are, it seems, still lost worlds to be discovered, combed out from beneath a millennium of accumulated jungle in remote Cambodia.
A team of archaeologists from Australia has found an ancient city that has for more than 1,000 years escaped detection – not even looters had found the mysterious place, buried in Cambodia’s otherwise heavily trafficked Siem Reap province, which sees about a million tourists each year, Australia's The Age reported.
Known as Mahendraparvata, the lost world is some 1,200-years old, about 350 years older than the Angkor Wat temple complex, also in Siem Reap. Like Angkor, it was part of the Hindu-Buddhist Khmer Empire that from about 800 A.D. to 1400 A.D. ruled Southeast Asia, using slave labor to construct opulent, arrestingly beautiful stone temples.