Angkor Wat moat drying ‘could affect foundations’

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Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190401
Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190401
Angkor Wat. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20190401

via Phnom Penh Post, 01 April 2019: An ongoing drought in Cambodia has raised concerns over the structural integrity of the Angkor monuments, as fears of the moat drying up may destabilise the temples.

A historian has raised fears that the drought currently gripping Cambodia could affect the foundations of the Kingdom’s globally renowned Angkor Wat, while the temple complex’s Apsara Authority management has said that, while it was prepared, it was not expecting such a problem.

Diep Sophal, a professor of history at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, said if the water in Angkor Wat’s iconic moat was to dry out to such a degree that the temple’s foundations were exposed, the resulting natural degradation could lead to the building’s structural integrity being compromised.

He also expressed concern that the loss of the moat would discourage tourists from visiting the Unesco World Heritage Site.

Source: Angkor Wat moat drying ‘could affect foundations’, National, Phnom Penh Post

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Excavations at Ho Citadel reveal moat structure

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Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Excavations at the Ho Citadel Unesco World Heritage Site have uncovered the remnant of a moat system among other archaeological finds.

Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Excavation at Ho Citadel. Source: Viet Nam News 20150819

Relics discovered at Ho Dynasty Citadel
Viet Nam News, 19 August 2015

Several relics and artifacts have been excavated from the Ho Dynasty Citadel’s southern area in the central province of Thanh Hoa, Director of Heritage Conservation Centre Do Quang Trong said.

Most recently, the three-month-long excavation of a 2,040sq.m area discovered a moat system and the relic of a citadel’s coastline.

The 61m-wide moat system has many processed stone blocks and a layer of crushed stone that is 5cm to 10cm thick.

The 7m-wide coastline relic is made of stone, lying 3.05m to 3.22m underground in the north and 3.89m to 4.60m in the south of the excavated site.

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Global recession delays restoration of Angkor Wat moat

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A huge (and expensive) project to restore the moat surrounding Angkor Wat looks likely to be delayed because of the global financial crises. The US$7.2 million project was to be jointly conducted by Cambodia, Japan, Italy and Germany.

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