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Lost Cities

“. . . where there was not a soul to be found
and where there were no roads,
perhaps there
could I discover traces
of some ancient civilization.”
– Sven Hedin

Travel Theme: Contrast

Straddling the Cambodia border, atop of the extinct volcano of Phanom Rung, is one of the most magnificent Angkorian structures outside of Cambodia.  Prasat Phanom Rung is a temple dedicated to Shiva and on a major pilgrimage route stemming from… Continue Reading →

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

After a disappointing turn around by a military blockade in the disputed border region of Cambodia/Thailand on my way to try and see the ruins of Prasat Preah Vihear, I was aching to see something in the realm of Lost… Continue Reading →

Travel Theme: Green

I had wasted nearly an hour travelling the wrong direction down an Isan highway.  My destination was the various Khmer ruins hidden somewhere to the south.  As I was already skirting the Cambodian border, my initial misdirection gave me pause… Continue Reading →

The Ruins of Lembah Bujang: Lore of the Dragon Valley

“undoubted relics of a Hindoo colony, with ruins of temples . . . mutilated images . . .” – James Low Less than an hour in Malaysia and I was left on the side of the major highway that runs… Continue Reading →

Angkor’s Last Outpost – Prasat Muang Sing

In the grasslands of the western Thailand frontier, no more than 20 kilometers from the Myanmar border, the farthest outpost of a fallen civilization still stands.  Its city walls hug the River Kwae and house a shrine to those bodhisattvas,… Continue Reading →

Pasts Forgotten in Isan – Ban Chiang, Thailand

“The objects found at Ban Chieng . . . all of them beautifully made, and bear witness to an advanced civilization that has completely vanished.” – David Hatcher Childress It’s amazing how things can just come together and work out… Continue Reading →

Phanom Rung and the Great Motorbike Adventure

The Khmer Empire, a Hindu civilization that existed in Cambodia around 800-1200, though recent by archaeological standards, created some of the most spectacular ruins that still exist today. From their center at Angkor Wat, they expanded outward as far north… Continue Reading →

America’s Stonehenge: Megalithic Ruins, Ancient Sailors . . . and Alpacas

North of Boston, less than an hour away, lays an interesting archaeological site.  The greatest debate about it is whether or not it is authentic.  If it is, it could rewrite many of the accepted notions of pre-Columbian American culture,… Continue Reading →

Michigan’s Ancient Copper Culture: An Essay on Speculative History

Truth and Lies. Facts and frauds. The history of this planet is filled with both objective and subjective accounts of the events that have transpired throughout the millennia. The subjectivity comes from lone sources, perhaps a single person’s record of… Continue Reading →

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