Steps taken to preserve remains of razed prehistoric earthwork site

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An update about the Cambodian prehistoric earthwork site that was flattened last week by unauthorised construction works – the authorities have stepped in to work with the land owners so that the planned buildings can be moved elsewhere, while efforts are bing made to also cordon off the area because archaeological material can still be recovered from the site.

Cambodian Authorities Rally to Protect Historical Site, 10 September 2010
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Archaeological site destroyed in Cambodia

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Kent Davis posts some distressing news of a prehistoric circular earthwork site in Memot District, Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia that was levelled last week – without permission – to make way for temporary housing and development. Cambodian prehistory is not well studied, and the loss of a prehistoric site such as this represents a great and permanent gap in our knowledge of Cambodia’s prehistoric past. Alison has a great post about circular earthwork sites in Cambodia that you can read here.

Bulldozers Destroy Priceless Archaeological Site in Cambodia, 05 September 2010
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