water channels found
Jan 27: A team of Japanese archaeologists have discovered
a man-made water channel in northwest Cambodia used for rituals
as far back as the first century, which dates back the Khmer
civilization by six to eight centuries.
site - Snay village in Banteay Meanchey Province, is located
about 370 kms northwest of Phnom Penh, or about 70 kms west
of Siem Reap Province, which is home to Angkor Wat.
it was said that Khmer civilization started from the seventh
to ninth century AD, but based on our research here, Khmer
civilization went back to the first century AD," said
Yoshinori Yasuda, a professor of the International Research
Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto.
to the Japan Times Online, the discovered water channel may
be the world`s oldest, or some 600 years older than the Tikal
ruins in Guatemala in the seventh to ninth centuries.
civilization established a very well-organized and harmonized
water system. They constructed a perfect water circulation
system (up to and including) the Angkor Wat period between
the ninth and twelfth centuries," said Yasuda.
archaeological team also found sacred mounds or altars at
the ruins in Snay village in Banteay Meanchey Province under
a 2-year project that began in January 2007.