Urban sprawl may have caused Angkor’s collapse
Published on June 24th, 2009 | by Admin0
The group will argue that before an alternating series of droughts and monsoonal floods hit Angkor from the mid-14th to late 15th centuries, the capital of the Khmer empire had already had extensive problems with its vast, complicated water system.
Ultimately, it became impossible for the city to keep pace with further pressures from extreme weather. “Although there was ongoing conflict with neighbouring states, it was this over-built, inflexible (water) infrastructure that locked them into this trajectory of decline,” Dr Penny said.