- uploaded: Jun 18, 2013
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Revealed a lost city and a holy temple
Archaeologists may have unearthed in the jungles of Cambodia an Atlantis-like city believed to be 1,200 years old.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that an Australian-led team painstakingly peeled back the veil of land mine-borne danger and suffocating jungle previously shrouding the city of Mahendraparvata from discovery.
"This is where it all began, giving rise to the Angkor civilization that everyone associates with Angkor Wat,'' Damian Evans, director of the University of Sydney's archaeological research center in Cambodia told The Herald, referencing the Hindu temple complex built in the 12th century that is the largest religious monument in the world.
''With this instrument -- bang -- all of a sudden we saw an immediate picture of an entire city that no one knew existed, which is just remarkable,'' Evans said.
That “instrument” reportedly refers to a new-fangled, airborne laser-scanning technology called LIDAR without which it seems the Mahendraparvata discovery would not have taken place.