Angkor Wat, Medieval Center of the Khmer Empire

Introduction Angkor Wat is a temple complex in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu in the 12th century CE. It is among the largest religious buildings ever created, second only to the Temple of Karnak at Thebes, Egypt and, some claim, even larger. Its name means “City of[…]

Angkor Wat Archaeological Digs Yield New Clues to Its Civilization’s Decline

Research around Angkor Wat suggests its collapse might be better described as a transformation. By Dr. Alison Kyra CarterAssistant Professor of AnthropologyUniversity of Oregon Introduction Cambodia’s famous temple of Angkor Wat is one of the world’s largest religious monuments, visited by over 2 million tourists each year. It was built in the early 12th century by King Suryavarman II, one[…]