Civilization of Angkor
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Civilization of Angkor

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A short history of the ancient civilization of Angkor, home to the spectacular temple of Angkor Wat.In the late sixteenth century a mythical encounter was reported on an elephant hunt in the dense jungle north of the Tonle Sap, or Great Lake, of central Cambodia. King Satha of Cambodia and his retainers were beating a path through the undergrowth when they were halted by stone giants, and then a massive wall. The King, the fable reported, ordered 6,000 men to bring down the wall, thereby exposing the city of Angkor 'lost' for over a century.Subsequent reports from Portuguese missionaries described its four gateways, with bridges flanked by stone figures leading across a moat. There were idols covered in gold, inscriptions, fountains, canals, and 'a temple with five towers, called Angor [sic]'. For four centuries, this huge complex has inspired awe amongst visitors from all over the world, but only now are its origins and history becoming clear.This book begins with the progress of the prehistoric communities of the area and draws on the author?s recent excavations to portray the rich and expansive chiefdoms that existed at the dawn of civilization. It covers the origins of early states, up to the establishment, zenith and decline of this extraordinary civilization, whose most impressive achievement was the construction of the gilded temple mausoleum of Angkor Wat, in the twelfth century, allegedly by 70,000 people.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 18mm | 222.26g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 3 Maps
  • 1842125842
  • 9781842125847
  • 63,406

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"The book presents an excellent collation of material from a variety of sources, and succeeds in being the most up-to-date historic summary of the Angkor civilization available. Highly Recommended"--Michael Freeman, Royal Society for Asian Affairsshow more

About Charles Higham

Charles Higham has been active in archaeological research in Southeast Asia since 1969. He has published a series of final excavation reports and is the author of two major syntheses of the region's prehistory, The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia, and The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.show more

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In the late sixteenth century a mythical encounter was reported on an elephant hunt in the dense jungle north of the Great Lake of central Cambodia. King Satha and his retainers were beating a path through the undergrowth when they were halted by stone giants and a massive wall. The King, the fable reported, ordered 6,000 men to clear away the jungle, thereby exposing the city of Angkor - 'lost' for over a century. Subsequent reports from Portuguese missionaries described its four gateways, with bridges flanked by stone figures leading across a moat. There were idols covered in gold, inscriptions, fountains, canals, and 'a temple with five towers, called Angor'. For four centuries, this huge complex has inspired awe amongst visitors from all over the world, but only now are its origins and history becoming clear. Drawing on the latest research on prehistoric archaeology, epigraphy and art history, Charles Higham has written a clear and concise history of this remarkable civilization.show more

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