Water woes pressure state of Angkor’s temples

Angkor’s ecological time bomb is discussed in this article, making parallels between the theorised failure of the water management systems to the current pumping of underground water to support the modern city of Siem Reap. The former resulted in the fall of Angkor. Will the later result in the fall of the very monuments themselves?

Development pressures threaten Angkor Wat ruins [Link no longer active]
AP via CTV.ca, 13 February 2008

By destroying vast tracts of forest to enlarge their farm land, inhabitants of the wondrous city of Angkor lit the fuse to an ecological time bomb that spelled doom for what was once the world’s largest urban area.

So believe archeologists engaged in groundbreaking research into the ancient civilization of Angkor.

And they are warning that history could repeat itself through reckless, headlong pursuit of dollars from tourists flocking to see Angkor’s fabled monuments.

“It’s just a weird cycle. It seems like Angkor is self-repeating itself,” said Mitch Hendrickson, who recently led an excavation as part of research into Angkor as a human settlement.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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