The Lost City of Cambodia: Mahendraparvata

by Chiara Goia & Joshua Hammer

Publication: Smithsonian Magazine

Language : English


A report on the newest discoveries on Phnom Kulen plateau, published by the prestigious Washington Museum magazine.

This is a journalistic account on the explorations led by archeologists Jean- Baptiste Chevance and Damian Evans high up on the Phnom Kulen plateau, in quest for a pre-Angkorian city, Mahendraparvata, built during the 10th century by King Jayavarman II. The urban master plan and hydraulic system is supposed to have guided the builders of Angkor Wat capital city some two centuries later.

Lidar exploration shows a "template of Angkor Wat" high on the Phnom Kulen plateau.

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About the Authors

Chiara Goia

Documentary and Fine Art Photographer.

Joshua Hammer

Joshua Ives Hammer (New York City, 1957) is an American journalist and foreign freelance correspondent. He worked many years with Newsweek magazine, and his articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Smithsonian, among other publications.