After 25 years of devastating conflicts, Cambodians are looking into their past to recover their pride and the lost knowledge of their extraordinary culture. Twelve centuries ago, the Khmer people were ruling the Angkorian Empire, one of the most amazing civilizations on Earth. Ancient epigraphic sources suggest that the origin of this empire lies underneath the tropical forest, on the plateau of Phnom Kulen. To better understand the origin of the Khmer Empire and offer archaeological rewards back to Cambodians, the Archaeology and Development Foundation has launched a unique program dedicated to the Phnom Kulen. The program’s objectives are to promote archaeological discoveries and secure the Phnom Kulen’s heritage, to train local specialists to preserve these sites and to provide substantial economic and social benefits to the local population.
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