Colloquium with Roland Fletcher, Professor of Theoretical and World Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia
The Greater Angkor Project, an international collaboration between Australia, Cambodia and France, has been working at Angkor for over a decade, studying the extent, spatial organization and functioning of its vast urban landscape. The famous temples of Angkor were in the center of a low-density, urban complex covering almost 1,000 square kilometers - the most extensive urban area of the pre-industrial world. Remote sensing, surveying and excavation has revealed the great road and canal network of Angkor as well as its field systems and has identified that the population lived on house mound clusters, along embankments and within enclosures. The landscape of Angkor was comprehensively cleared of natural forest, and the urban complex was dependent on its massive and intractable infrastructure. Between the 14th and the 16th centuries Angkor was also subject to severe climatic instability. The problem of explaining the demise of Angkor has become rather topical in the 21st century.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Parking is available in Lot 4 on Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Blvd. for $10.