When the last great civilizations disappeared, their ruins, buried in the jungles of Southeast Asia, became an important archaeological site.
This discovery, in Cambodia, is one of the last remaining vestiges of their civilization.
“We found a city buried in a valley of mud,” says archaeologist Phnom Penh’s Khyentse Phattharoen, who heads the expedition.
“The city was built in the 8th century B.C.E., around the Khmer capital of Phnom Kulen.”
The site is part of the city of Khmer, a city that is one step from the heart of ancient China and Cambodia, and is one reason archaeologists think it may have been a major trading center.
“There are so many clues here,” Phatthaaroen says.
“This is not just a city.
This is the burial site of one of these great cities.”
Archaeologists have long debated whether Khmer was a major center of trade.
In fact, its history goes back at least two centuries.
In the 810s B.S., a major city called Khmer lay dormant in the sands of the Cambodian desert, and a local king named Khetthar ruled over it.
In 819, a group of local merchants brought their wares to Khmer and brought back gold, silver, and copper coins, which were used to finance the construction of new buildings and a new palace.
The king died in 828, and Khmer’s rulers were not satisfied with the status quo.
They re-built the city and took it over, eventually calling it Khmer.
This changed everything.
In 1238, an invasion by Mongols, a nomadic people who ruled in the east, and the arrival of the Mongol invaders in 1322 changed everything, according to Phatthyaroen.
The Mongols forced the king to move to another city in the region, and in 1327, he returned to the Khyents.
The city of Phyatth, which is now Cambodia, was named after him, and its palace became the headquarters of the royal dynasty, known as the Khmers.
The name is also one of Phatthanaroen’s most powerful words, as it refers to the ancient name for the city.
Phatthalaroen and his team plan to use the excavated remains to further investigate this story.
“I think the Khmetan kingdom was a key point of the transition between China and Southeast Asia,” he says.
A few years ago, archaeologists working in the area stumbled upon a huge underground structure that could be a temple.
“It was quite a large structure, but we could not figure out how it could have been built.
It was probably buried underground, and probably there were some kinds of caves in it,” Phyantaroen tells National Geographic.
Now, he is looking for clues that might help him piece together the story of the site.
In his mind, it was an ancient Chinese city, and he is eager to find the people who built it.
“What we have here, in my opinion, is the beginning of the construction phase of the Khmetan city,” Phanttharës says.
In an attempt to unravel this story, Phattyaroen enlisted the help of the Phyantsak Dynasty, which ruled from 1322 to 1417, and who are known for their great art.
Phantthaarenes team of experts have been looking into the history of the building in order to understand the construction process and its purpose.
The Khmetsak Dynasty began in 1320, and their kingdom lasted until the end of the 18th century.
The royal dynasty was a very religious and religious society, with the king himself often wearing a cross on his forehead and praying to the heavens.
The building at Khmeththar, however, is not the only artifact that Phatttharons team has been examining.
In addition to the tomb of the king, they also found a series of other buildings, including a stone sarcophagus, a temple with four gates, and four large stone pillars, as well as a large wall painting of a cross.
They have also excavated the site of the palace itself.
“For me, this is a great opportunity to go back to the time of the ancient Khmietans,” Phyttharothees says.
Phytthanarotheys team of specialists has also been excavating in the Khomothi River Valley, which was once part of an ancient kingdom called the Phanaroen Dynasty.
The Phanars, who ruled the kingdom for about two centuries, were a religious sect in the ancient kingdom of Khomothek, according the Smithsonian Institute.
In some ways, they are similar to the Mongols of today.
“Their culture is very different from ours, but they had