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Australian Human Resources Institute Diversity Awards 2013 Finalist

Roland Fletcher (University of Sydney)

"Transforming Angkor - low-density urbanism, LiDAR images and redefining of central Angkor, Cambodia"

Abstract. In 2012 the KLAC LiDAR survey of central Angkor demonstrated that a rectilinear road grid and a regular distribution of domestic ponds and small housemounds existed, from at least the 12th century CE onwards, far beyond the edge of the walled central enclosure of Angkor Thom and in every major temple enclosure. For the first time we can now see the layout of central Angkor and its relationship to the spatial configuration of Greater Angkor, the gigantic low-density urban complex that contains it. The results have specific implications for the history and operation of Angkor, broader implications for the study for the urbanism and general significance for the importance of LiDAR as a tool for surveying cultural landscapes in tropical forest environments.

Held in the AAO Meeting Room (Room 7, 1st Floor, Building 2) at 11:00 AM on Thursday, 20 February 2014