Monday, June 21, 2021

The Ancient City of Angkor Wat

 From ArtNet News:

The massive temple complex that is Cambodia’s Angkor Wat is famed as the world’s largest religious monument. Now, researchers have determined the city’s population at its zenith in the 13th century, and the number is impressive: some 700,000 to 900,000 people likely called the Angkor region home, making it one of the world’s largest pre-modern cities. Compare that with the 2019 estimated population for Boston, at 692,600.

The new estimate is based on 30 years of archaeological data from on-the-ground excavations conducted with Cambodia’s APSARA Authority and high-tech scans conducted by airplanes equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) mapping tools, according to a study by the University of British Columbia published last week in the journal Science Advances. (Read more.)


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