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Angkor Wat: an introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 December 2015

Roland Fletcher
Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, Quadrangle Building A14, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia (Email:
Damian Evans
l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, The Siem Reap Centre, Boeung Daun Pa, Slorkram, Siem Reap BP 93 300, Cambodia (Email:
Christophe Pottier
l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, The Bangkok Centre, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, 20 Borommaratchachonnani Road, Bangkok 10170, Thailand (Email:
Chhay Rachna
Angkor International Centre of Research and Documentation, APSARA National Authority, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia (Email:


The temple of Angkor Wat, visited annually by tens of thousands of tourists, is without question one of the great archaeological sites of mainland Southeast Asia. Less obvious to the casual visitor is that it was but a single element in a large dispersed city. The papers in this special section demonstrate how recent research using LiDAR, ground-penetrating radar and targeted excavation have transformed our understanding of Angkor Wat and its surroundings.

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