Archaeologists have shed new light on an ancient city hidden in the Cambodian jungle that was once the capital of the powerful Khmer Empire. The empire ruled over vast swathes of Southeast Asia between around 800 and 1400 A.D.
The researchers say that the city, known as Mahendraparvata, represents an “enormous and remarkably early experiment in formal urban planning,” being the first large-scale “grid-city” that the Khmer built. That’s according to a study published in the journal Antiquities.
Mahendraparvata, is located in the Phnom Kulen mountain range, which consists of an elongated plateau in the northwest of the country, roughly 25 miles east of Angkor Wat—the spectacular temple complex and best-known relic of the Khmer civilization.