Long thought to have been Cambodia’s capital during a ‘dark age’, digs are unearthing Longvek’s place as a centre of global trade

via Phnom Penh Post, 19 Feb 2018: A feature on the archaeological investigations at the 16th century capital of Longvek, which is conducted by the Cambodian, Australian and Japanese team.

The town of Longvek, in Kampong Tralach district, is picturesque but unremarkable. Cows graze between rice paddies and stilted wooden homes dot the landscape. It is hard to imagine that it was once home to a great capital city – surrounded by earthen walls, moats and forest – where merchant ships from as far as Holland and Spain would cast their anchors on the nearby Tonle Sap river.

Source: Long thought to have been Cambodia’s capital during a ‘dark age’, digs are unearthing Longvek’s place as a centre of global trade

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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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