Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Cambodia

Without Iron, No Angkor Wat, Researcher Says

His work has discovered iron smelters that pre-date the Angkorian empire, and he encouraged Cambodian-Americans to get involved in more research in the era.

Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat.
x
Angkor Wat.
Angkor Wat.
VOA Khmer
WASHINGTON DC - Cambodian archeological researcher Thuy Chanthourn gave a rare presentation to an audience in Virginia last month to describe the crucial role of the Iron Age in Cambodia’s history.

His work has discovered iron smelters that pre-date the Angkorian empire, and he encouraged Cambodian-Americans to get involved in more research in the era.

Iron played a crucial role in the expansion of the Khmer empire, said Thuy Chanthourn, who works at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, and was the material behind the chisels and saws used to construct the famed temples of Angkor Wat.

“It was also used to make all kinds of weapons to defend the nation and fight the enemy,” Thuy Chanthourn told an audience of Cambodian-Americans in Annandale, Va., in July. The metal was crucial in the expansion of the Khmer empire, which spread across much of Southeast Asia and reigned from the 9th to the 15th centuries, he said.

Thuy Chanthourn’s lecture was based on his 2010 discovery of ancient iron slag mounds buried in the northern jungles of Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces, as the government built a road through the area.

“With all this evidence, we can conclude that if there were no big iron industry, Cambodians would never have been able to build Angkor Wat temple or its empire,” he said.

Without Iron, No Angkor Wat, Researcher Saysi
|| 0:00:00
X
VOA Khmer
12 September 2012
Cambodian archeological researcher Thuy Chanthourn gave a rare presentation to an audience in Virginia last month to describe the crucial role of the Iron Age in Cambodia’s history. His work has discovered iron smelters that pre-date the Angkorian empire, and he encouraged Cambodian-Americans to get involved in more research in the era. Iron played a crucial role in the expansion of the Khmer empire, he said, and was the material behind the chisels and saws used to construct the famed temples of Angkor Wat. (Men Kimseng, Washington)

As part of a lecture tour, Thuy Chanthourn toured several states and stopped in Seattle, Wash., to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the Angkorian Empire. In Virginia, he told his audience that Cambodia needs more researchers, “not just for me or any individual, but for the whole nation.” With Cambodia at peace, he said, “now this is the path we should go forward with. There should be no war. We have peace of mind and history.”
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US To Continue Regular Talks on South China Sea, Diplomat Saysi
X
29 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the US will continue to have discussions with claimants in the South China Sea dispute. In an interview with VOA Khmer, Scot Marciel, the State Department’s top diplomat for Asia and the Pacific, said “regular conversations” will help reduce regional tensions over the sea. “The whole world has an interest in a peaceful South China Sea and in seeing these disputes resolved peacefully and diplomatically,” he said in an interview in Phnom Penh. “So we’ll continue to make that point.” (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
X
25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
Video

Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>