When Technology Meets Archeology in Cambodia

Since  yesterday we keep hearing about a major discovery made in Cambodia by archeologists, and all thanks to technology.

Indeed, an undiscovered city has just been revealed thanks to an exploration led by a team of archeologists in the Honduran rainforest. This forgotten city is called Mahendraparvata and is more than a thousand years old.

Why are we talking about this on Geeks in Cambodia ?

Because the main point of this discovery is that the expedition relied on a specific technology that allowed to unveil this lost city. “Lidar” (“light detection and ranging data”) is the name of the tool we’re talking about. In other words, Lidar is a remote sensing technology that can identify objects with a laser, measure distance, and analyze the reflected light. In this case, an airborne laser was attached to the archeologists’ helicopter, allowing to scan and then reveal the shapes of hidden temples and constructions.

“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”Damian Evans, director of the University of Sydney’s archaeological research centre in Cambodia.

The Lidar tool also featured a GPS, allowing to guide the members of the expedition to the exact place where the temples were actually located.

This discovery is a massive revolution, as those unrecorded temples appear to be even older than Angkor Wat temples themselves (around 350 years older).

As we’re passionate about showing how tech can be used for several purposes (solidarity, education…), today’s example is a perfect way for us to introduce even more ways in which tech is becoming essential nowadays !

You can watch the following video to learn more about Mahendraparvata lost city :