This ten-minute video details the rediscovery of Mahendraparvata, a lost city that once thrived in the mountains of Cambodia 1,200 years ago. Hidden for centuries by the country’s dense, remote jungles, the city was only rediscovered with the use of everyone’s favorite archaeological tool: airborne lasers. It is an amazing discovery and break-through since in the Siem Reap region only a few isolated temples were known to be, i.e. Angkor city.
Archaeologists from Australia’s University of Sydney used LIDAR — Light detection and ranging, also Ladar for Laser detection and ranging — to reveal a city that had previously been buried deep within the jungle.
The data revealed signs of multiple undiscovered temples, plus ancient canals and roads built by the inhabitants of Mahendraparvata. Here, a buddha carved into a rock face.
The actual physical confirmation of these discoveries was an adventure in and of itself, as the researchers and their guide had to traverse boggy, landmine-covered terrain just to reach the site. Local workers at the site of the find.
The video up top has all the details, but if you are looking for more information follow this link to the complete story.