High-powered Lasers Have Uncovered An Astonishing Secret Hidden Beneath The Cambodian Jungle

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It’s 2012, and a group of archaeologists are flying over a previously unmapped area of Cambodian jungle. But the team have good reason to hover over this remote part of the Southeast Asian country: they suspect that something special is lurking below. The archaeologists come equipped with special laser technology, too, which they will use to uncover an incredible secret. And it’s only when they return three years later that they fully appreciate what they’ve discovered.

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The area of focus for these specialists was Phnom Kulen, situated in the Cambodian province of Siem Reap. And while the jungle in the region had long been occupied by humans, no maps of the locale had ever been created prior to the archaeologists’ trip. The thick woodlands had served as an obstacle to charting efforts, for one, along with something altogether more dangerous.

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