Ancient Angkor’s Mysterious Decline May Have Been Slow

Ancient Angkor’s Mysterious Decline May Have Been Slow
Damian Evans/French Institute of Asian Studies in Paris via AP

Angkor's moat is giving up the medieval Cambodian city's secrets, showing that the metropolis gradually dwindled over roughly a century.

The last capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor was the world's most extensive city in the 1200s, home to hundreds of thousands of people in its urban core and comparable numbers of rice farmers in the surrounding area.

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