Wooden boat from the early 13th century found at Angkor Wat
Tests have confirmed that a wooden boat found buried in a dry riverbed near Cambodia's famous Angkor Wat temple complex is from the early 13th century, an official at the agency overseeing the archaeological site said Monday.
|A farmer discovered the boat in April while digging mud from the riverbed, |
several miles from the temple complex [Credit: Apsara Authority]
A farmer discovered the boat in April while digging mud from the riverbed, several kilometers (miles) from the temple complex. The boat has been sunk in a pond in front of the temple to keep it preserved pending restoration for public viewing.
|The boat has been sunk in a pond in front of the temple to keep it
preserved pending |
restoration for public viewing [Credit: Apsara Authority]
Using high-tech lasers to scan the Cambodian jungle, Damian Evans and colleagues said they found traces of extensive networks surrounding the monumental stone temple complex at Angkor Wat. Evans said their findings could further our understanding of Khmer culture and throw into question traditional assumptions about the decline of the empire.
|Tests by a research institute in New Zealand confirmed the age |
of the 12.8-metre-long boat [Credit: Apsara Authority]
Source: The Associated Press [June 27, 2016]