Lasers reveal ancient Cambodian cities hidden by jungle near Angkor Wat

June 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Lasers reveal ancient Cambodian cities hidden by jungle near Angkor Wat

In a thrilling new discovery, archaeologists used laser imaging technology to reveal ancient cities hidden by jungle in Cambodia. The LiDAR data provides information on waterways, iron smelting locations, and even another temple, Preah Khan. The discovery reveals that the cities near Angkor Wat were much larger than previously thought. Angkor Wat was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II of the Khmer Empire in the early to middle 1100s, and it was part of one of the biggest ancient cities . Archaeologists suspected there had to be more to the area, and research has been underway for several years. The new data appears to confirm these suspicions. Related: Archaeologists find 2,150-year-old Petra monument ‘hiding in plain sight’ Archaeologist Damian Evans said to AFP, “The LiDAR quite suddenly revealed an entire cityscape there with astonishing complexity. It turned out we’d been walking and flying right over the top of this stuff for ten years and not even noticing it because of the vegetation. What we had was basically a scatter of disconnected points on the map denoting temple sites. Now it’s like having a detailed street map of the entire city.” Back in 2012, scans revealed an ancient temple city close to Angkor Wat called Mahendraparvata, and the new scans will assist archaeologists on the ground as they continue to explore that area. It had been difficult for archaeologists to determine the extent of this area because the empire constructed many of the ancient buildings with wood that’s since rotted. Made of stone , the temples endure. Archaeologists saw evidence of both Hinduism and Buddhism in the temples; both religions were part of the Khmer Empire during different time periods. A spokesperson from the government authority in charge of Angkor Wat said they aimed to research further to build on the exciting discoveries. Via Phys.org Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

Read the original post:
Lasers reveal ancient Cambodian cities hidden by jungle near Angkor Wat

Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

October 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

The crumbling stones of the Giza pyramids may be a sight familiar to most people, but the original look of these ancient structures was considerably different. In a recent short documentary made by the Smithsonian Channel Harvard University , Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson explains the way each of the stones was manually polished to create glistening outer shells of the famous pyramids. Read the rest of Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ancient building techniques , ancient buildings , architecture documentary , discovery , Egypt pyramids , Giza pyramids , Great Pyramid , harvard , history , science history , smithsonian

See original here:
Polished and Shiny: How the Giza Pyramids Looked When They Were First Built (VIDEO)

Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

October 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

Know a kid with an awesome Halloween costume this year? Help them win fame, fortune and some goodies by submitting their amazing costume to the Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest ! We want to see the most inventive, crafty, homemade, and green kids costumes of 2014 – and our lucky winners have a chance to score over $200 in prizes ! The contest ends at 11:59EST on November 1st , so get your entries in – and if you’re looking for some inspiration, check out last year’s winners here ! ENTER INHABITOTS’ GREEN HALLOWEEN CONTEST > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: best halloween costumes , diy costume , diy costume ideas , green costume ideas , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , halloween 2014 , halloween costume contest , halloween costume ideas , handmade costume , inhabitots costume contest , Inhabitots Green Halloween Costume Contest , prizes , sweepstakes

More:
Win $200 in Prizes in Inhabitots’ Green Halloween Kids Costume Contest!

Bad Behavior has blocked 3603 access attempts in the last 7 days.