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Angkor Wat is larger than previously believed

Airborne laser scanning carried out at Angkor Wat in Cambodia has revealed the complex is larger than previously believed.

“This structure, which has dimensions of more than 1500m×600m, is the most striking discovery associated with Angkor Wat to date. Its function remains unknown and, as yet, it has no known equivalent in the Angkorian world,” said Professor Fletcher, from the University’s Department of Archaeology.

The team also discovered Angkor Wat includes an entire ensemble of buried ‘towers’ built and demolished during the construction and initial use of the main temple, remains of what is thought might be a shrine used during the construction period.

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Story: University of Sydney | Photo: University of Sydney

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