Skip to comments.Angkor Wat Yields Astounding Buried Towers & Spiral Structure
Posted on 12/10/2015 8:43:58 AM PST by BenLurkin
The massive structure - almost a mile long - contains a spiral design, with several rectangular spirals that form a giant structure, archaeologists say. "This structure, which has dimensions of more than 1,500 m Ã 600 m (about 1 mile by 1,970 feet) 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," Roland Fletcher, a University of Sydney professor, said in a statement put out by the university.
Today, the spiral structure is hard to make out on the ground, having been obscured by modern features and vegetation.
The spiral structure is difficult to make out from the ground, and archaeologists found it using LiDAR - a laser-scanning technology that allows scientists to detect structures obscured by vegetation or modern development.
Another discovery, made using ground-penetrating radar and archaeological excavation, are the remains of what appear to be eight demolished towers constructed out of sandstone and laterite (a type of rock). They were found on the western side of Angkor Wat beside a gateway across the moat.
The dating is not entirely clear but it appears that many of the towers were created during the early-to-mid 12th century when Angkor Wat was being constructed.
Archaeologists found that some of the towers form a series of squares that may have supported one or more structures. They also found that many of the towers were constructed before the gateway wall.
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Hmmm...looks like something a Muslim might use if he couldn’t find a goat or sheep...
As some ancient astronaut theorists believe
‘Never seen the Ankor Wat complex, but have seen the Cham ruins about 30 miles WNW of Danang, and have always been struck by their similarities.
I may have the details wrong, but I remember reading about someone who reasoned that the limestone used in buildings like these should act as fertilizer, spurring vegetation in a localized manner, the extra growth being detectable by satellite. And it turned out to be the case. They were able to locate hundreds of jungle-swathed sites previously unknown.
Thanks fieldmarshaldj. Angkor away, me boy, Angkor away...
Looks like they’ve been doing some Angkor management over there.
Wat yields are we talking about?
Wonder how some of those ancient structures line up with the Fibonacci spiral?
Nice! Good catch!
I’m always so amazed at this king of thing. New discoveries every day... fascinating world we live in, for sure!
> Angkor was a megacity supporting at least 0.1% of the global population during 1010-1220... The Angkorian period began in AD 802, when the Khmer Hindu monarch Jayavarman II declared himself a “universal monarch” and “god-king”, and lasted until the late 14th century, first falling under Ayutthayan suzerainty in 1351. A Khmer rebellion resulted in the 1431 sacking of Angkor by Ayutthaya, causing its population to migrate south to Longvek.
I knew a little of that, but didn’t think to check Wiki! My bad! Thanks! :o]
:') I got confused and had to do it. :") I got thinking about Angkor Borei, which was the earlier capital of the Kingdom of Funai; that ran along for over 1000 years. It's astounding how quickly that civ arrived/arose in the region, built a bunch of cities that were basically temple complexes, on swamps, with no bedrock, then faded out to abandonment and obscurity, or at least seemingly -- the Kingdom of Funan actually lasted over a thousand years, which in the Mediterranean basin spanned the time from the Peloponnesian War to the rise of Islam. Strange how Funan went into decline, weird coincidence.
World history is fascinating. Especially the older civilizations. Thanks for more input!!! (Number Five is alive!)
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