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A Heritage of RuinsThe Ancient Sites of Southeast Asia and Their Conservation$
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William Chapman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836313

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836313.001.0001

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Angkor, the City That is a Temple

(p.59) 3 Cambodia
A Heritage of Ruins

William Chapman

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter is an overview of the ruins of Angkor and their historical and cultural significance. Adding to the discussion is Cambodia's position as the center of conservation practice in Southeast Asia. From the time of their “discovery” by French explorers in the mid-nineteenth century, the ruins at Angkor figured prominently in the ambitions of the French in Southeast Asia. Long the domain of French historians and conservators, Cambodia has become over the past twenty years a veritable hive of international conservation activity—a site of experimentation, a place to consider new techniques in engineering, stone cleaning, and repair, and a setting in which to experiment in new ways of protecting the surrounding environment.

Keywords:   Angkor, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Cambodia, international conservation, conservation practices

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