'Lost City' Uncovered in Cambodia
Laser sensors map out Mahendraparvata
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 15, 2013 7:25 AM CDT
A screen grab from Fairfax Media video of the expedition.   (Fairfax Media/The Age)

(Newser) – Deep in the Cambodian jungle, Australian archaeologists have made a major discovery: a 1,200-year-old lost city, NPR reports. They made their find using laser sensors known as Lidar, which outlined the city, called Mahendraparvata. "With this instrument—bang—all of a sudden we saw an immediate picture of an entire city that no one knew existed," one of the archaeologists tells the Age. Atop a mountain, Mahendraparvata belonged to the Khmer Empire of southeast Asia, which dates between 800 and 1400 AD, NPR notes.

Researchers then made their way to the site itself, using the Lidar data to navigate—along with help from an ex-Khmer Rouge soldier who lost a leg to landmines. The team discovered temple sites, signs of canals and roads, a cave full of ancient carvings, and a series of mounds that remain unexplained. "We are still trying to work out what these things were," says a researcher; tombs are one possibility. The Age has more.

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Jun 15, 2013 4:49 PM CDT
"Atop a mountain, Mahendraparvata belonged to the Khmer Empire of southeast Asia, which dates between 800 and 1400 AD, NPR notes." So sad this city was buried by a mudslide and was hidden from view for so long. Maybe we could have already learned the secrets of the ages.
Jun 15, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
Many wonder what happen to these cities. I would suggest reading in a Book called "The Book Of Mormon" in a chapter of the book called 3rd Nephi. In this chapter they talk about cities being lost in the sea, under mud, cities sinking and so on, suddenly. You don't have to believe in this Book but very interesting when you read about these old lost cities. In my search for truth I have found lost cities in South America that correlate with this book and the info in it about many old cities that are listed in this book. Simply amazing the history of these old cities, really fascinating and glad people and technology are helping us find them now.
Jun 15, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
It is a bit sad, and frightening, to think about how these large ancient cities just disappear back into the jungle. Almost like the creators, for some reason, just vanished. War? Starvation? Disease? What, if anything, can we learn from their demise? By the state of affairs in the world today, not much, it seems.