Photo Gallery: Angkor's Ancient Enormity Uncovered

Photo Gallery: Angkor's Ancient Enormity Uncovered
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A computer illustration depicts Angkor Wat at its 13th-century peak. At the time, wooden villages surrounded the temple complex's then gilded towers.

Pollen found in the ruins suggests that blooming lotuses floated in the moat, which was thought to wash away the sins of those who crossed over the stone causeway.

Tropical vines, trees, and roots nearly reclaimed Angkor Wat in the centuries after the city's demise, although local people continued to visit the sacred site.

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—Illustration by Tom Chandler/Monash University
 
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