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Mysterious earth mounds discovered by lasers at reveal hidden Cambodian cities of Angkor Wat 

An extensive network of ancient cities has been discovered in the Cambodian jungle around the ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world. Using ground penetrating lasers, scientists, researchers came back with high definition images of 12th century cities. Covering an extensive area. A Unesco World heritage site, Angkor Wat dates back to the first half of the 12 century. It is estimated that it took 30 years to build the temple dedicated to the Hindu deity, Vishnu, at the behest of King Suryavarman II, the ruler of the Khmer Empire The discovery of the earthen mounds by archaeologists who have been working in the area for years was reported by Livescience earlier this month. With the aid of airborne laser-scanning equipment, the researchers found huge fields of dome shaped earthen mounds, some of which were shaped into spirals. The mounds were placed on a grid, showing an ancient street pattern. In all the lasers scanned 735 square miles of the Angkor region and the results revealed an entire cityscape. Explore Angkor Wat