San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A new generation of lidar technology is now uncovering the extent of the Khmer Empire at the turn of the first millennium A.D., and the roles temple complexes played within it. Two lidar studies have revealed the presence of sprawling urban networks surrounding the temples, along with engineered landscapes that suggest intricate waterways.
Archaeologists working in Cambodia are at the forefront of these developments, having completed the two studies in 2012 and 2015. The outcomes of the 2015 campaign—the most extensive ever completed by an archaeological project, and covering most of the major temple complexes of Cambodia—are presented here publicly for the first time.
Beyond Angkor, the laser scanning work is bringing clarity to the landscapes surrounding remote temple complexes like 12th-13th century Banteay Chhmar. This technology, when combined with architectural and art historical approaches, provides new insights into the Khmer civilisation at the height of its empire.
Dr. Damian Evans will be presenting the results of the 2012 and 2015 surveys. Dr. Peter Sharrock will then discuss the implications of these revelations at the Banteay Chhmar temple complex. Historically unprotected, Banteay Chhmar has emerged onto the heritage and tourism scenes in recent years as a stunning representation of Khmer architecture, worship, and life. A Q&A will follow the lecture.
Dr. Damian Evans, Research Fellow at EFEO and Principal Investigator of the Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative, is a specialist in remote mapping technology, and leading the studies in Cambodia. Follow him on Twitter @ArchaeoAngkor
Dr. Peter D. Sharrock, SOAS Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP), is an expert art historian specializing in the spread of Buddhism across SE Asia. He can be found on academia.edu.
Cash only tickets will be available at the door. Doors open 18:30, lecture begins at 19:00.
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