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Lasers Uncover Vast Medieval Cities Near Angkor Wat

Lasers uncover vast medieval cities in jungles near Angkor Wat. Archaeologists thought they knew everything about the 900 year old temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. But a groundbreaking new study revealed remains of huge cities deep beneath nearby forests and some were as big as New York City.

Scientists flew over thick jungles covering almost 734 Sq miles and captured what was beneath them using a special laser scanning tech called Lidar. The images revealed huge cities with houses, waterways, and roads. This new discovery completely changes our view of the Khmer Empire, proving it was more advanced than previously thought in urban planning and irrigation. Making us wonder all over again, how this mega empire thrived and how it suddenly collapsed.

LIDAR sends out a million laser points to create a digital outline of the land's surface. Scientists are using these high-tech renderings to uncover the secrets of Angkor Wat and the original metropolis that once surrounded it.