Reservoirs of a Millennia Ago

After the reign of the Khmer Rouge ended, Angkor was not yet ready for exploration as the last groups of the Khmer Rouge with their leader Pol Pot made their last stand in the Kulen Hills. Only after the death of Pol Pot that it became safe for exploring, archaeologists started returning to Angkor to once again explore the Khmer history.

The one advantage of this was that by this time, new technologies had emerged which would make exploration of the area a lot faster and easier. NASA had developed ground-sensing radar in 1960s and this was brought into play for exploring Angkor only in 2007. This technology was particularly conducted by helicopters flying above Angkor. With this immense technology in hand, the archaeologists figured out that Angkor was not just something big, it was an extensive city as big as any modern day metropolis.

At the epicentre of this city was the temple of Angkor Wat and closer to that, the fortified area of Angkor Thom. The city was spread out far and wide. Well, when you think of such an extensive area, it would require all the necessities to support the booming population of that city. The most important in this region was water, Cambodia was and still is a monsoon-dependent country for water. Even other economic activities, mainly cultivation of rice were governed by this.

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Cambodian Civil War and Angkor

After Angkor became popular in Europe, the French sent missions on foot to map the Cambodian forests around the temple of Angkor Wat. Many archaeologists went to Angkor working on restoring the ancient temples. As the archaeologists found more temples and remains of the great Barays, which are man-made reservoirs, it became clear that they were no longer looking at a cluster of temples but something bigger. 

But, all this work had to be stopped in 1967 due to Cambodian Civil War which resulted in the rule of the communist organisation called the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 – 1979 was one of the deadliest times in Cambodian history, millions of people were killed during this war by the Khmer Rouge which was led by Pol Pot.

Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge Leader

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The Angkorian Empire – Discovery

Have you heard of the Angkorian Empire, if you haven’t, then you would definitely have some clue about Angkor Wat, if not even that, then you shouldn’t read this anymore. Blunt, I know, but that’s the way I would I will prefer it. But if you still want to read, then go on, this is everyone’s right. 

Angkor Wat

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