Last year, I featured the Living Angkor Road Project, a collaboration between Thai and Cambodian archaeologists to chart the ancient road between Angkor and Phimai. The project is now in its second phase, with an updated website.
A journey back in time
The Nation Multimedia, 22 January 2008
Surat Lertlum, the archaeologist from Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy who initiated and leads the project, said archaeological and anthropological knowledge, geo-informatics technology, information technology, and geo-physics technology were utilised to identify the ancient road from Angkor to Phimai that was mentioned in the inscriptions by King Jayavarman VII.
The first step was to identify the historic road and human settlement of the Khmer empire to show how the people lived and how the country looked in the past. Stone bridges, dharmashala (rest houses) and arogyashala (hospitals) were sought out.
Read more here:
– Angkor and the Khmer Civilization (Ancient Peoples and Places) by M. D. Coe
– The Civilization of Angkor by C. Higham<img/buynow.gif”>
– Phimai: Prasat Phiman (River Books guides) by M. Freeman
– Guide to Phimai and Antiquities in the Province of Nakhon Ratcha Sima by N. M. Vallibhotama