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Ref ID: 27930
Ref Type: Journal Article
Authors: Zoppi, U.
Barbetti, M.
Fletcher, R.
Hua, Q.
Chhem, R. K.
Pottier, C.
Watanasak, M.
Title: The contribution of <sup>14</sup>C AMS dating to Greater Angkor archaeological project
Date: 2004
Source: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Abstract: For well over five centuries, the Khmer kingdom ruled over a vast territory, including most of what is now known as Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Between the 9th and 14th century AD, the Khmer Kings developed the Angkor area into a remarkable administrative and religious centre for their society. According to new estimates by the Greater Angkor Project, the entire urban complex of the capital city covered about 1000 square km making it probably the largest archaeological site in the world. Great stone temples and some other monumental structures and earthworks are the only visible remains of this fascinating civilisation. Thankfully, there is a substantial on-going multinational effort to preserve and restore what is left and in 1992 UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) declared Angkor a World Heritage Site. This paper presents two particular aspects of the Greater Angkor Project where radiocarbon dating by AMS specifically added to our knowledge of the history of this ancient capital city.
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