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Tree Rings Tell of Angkor's Dying Days

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Science  20 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5917, pp. 999
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5917.999b

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Archaeologists have long puzzled over the collapse of the mighty medieval Khmer kingdom in Southeast Asia best known for its resplendent capital, Angkor. New findings suggest that a decades-long drought at about the time the kingdom began fading away in the 14th century may have been a major culprit.