Archaeologists have worked around Siem Reap in northern Cambodia since soon after French naturalist Henri Mouhot ‘discovered’ Angkor Wat in 1860.
How did Henri Mouhot discover Angkor Wat?
Mouhot went to Russia as a young professor of philology in the 1850s and traveled throughout Europe with his brother Charles, studying photographic techniques developed by Louis Daguerre. … While exploring the tributaries of the Mekong River in Siam (Thailand), Cambodia, and Laos in 1859–60, Mouhot came upon Angkor.
How did Henri Mouhot die?
Why was Angkor Wat abandoned?
The cause of the Angkor empire’s demise in the early 15th century long remained a mystery. But researchers have now shown that intense monsoon rains that followed a prolonged drought in the region caused widespread damage to the city’s infrastructure, leading to its collapse.
What does Angkor Wat symbolize?
SYMBOLISM. Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the universe in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. The central tower rises from the center of the monument symbolizing the mythical mountain, Meru, situated at the center of the universe.