Angkor Wat temple site more extensive than previously thought

Cambodia’s ancient temples of Angkor site was bigger and more complex than previously believed, with a more evenly spaced population and the presence of a large mystery spiralled structure, according to the recently published findings of a team of archaeological researchers.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Image by Chi King / CC BY 2.0

The results of five years of research, conducted by a team from the University of Sydney, the French School of the Far East and the Apsara Authority, suggest that rather than being a collection of separate towns, Angkor was one enormous, continuous city, with an organised grid of roads and homes beyond the walls of the temple compound. There is also evidence of defensive structures, and a large 1500m by 600m structure of ‘rectilinear spirals’, whose purpose is unknown. Read more: 

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