A new excavation on an iconic Cambodian temple reveals who worked there, how they lived, and how they may have been conquered.
Angkor Wat is one of those unbelievable places in the world where you can't really fathom the history of the ruins around you. I thought it—and all of Northern Cambodia—looked fantastic from the ground but this drone footage shows me that the view is—as it always is—better from the top. The drone footage is stunning.
More than 200 paintings adorning the walls of the massive, 12th Century Cambodian temple Angkor Wat were discovered hiding in plain sight, after Noel Hidalgo Tan, a rock-art researcher at Australian National University in Canberra, noticed traces of red paint on the walls of the religious monument.
Even a building as famous and photographed as Angkor Wat has its secrets. With the help of an image enhancement algorithm, a sharp-eyed rock-art researcher has revealed that unassuming smears of pigment are actually faded drawings. It could be graffiti—or it could be the remnants of a concerted 16th century…
Fresh outta Cambodia, Angkor Wat is the latest addition to Google Maps' already considerable portfolio of beautiful places you can explore using Street View. It's one of the most stunning places on the entire planet, and Google stepped up its game accordingly.