Thursday, July 14, 2011

Unsung hero

The Cambodia Daily contained a supplement today, celebrating Bastille Day of all things. However, it also highlighted the work of one of the unsung heroes of Cambodia, Bruno Bruguier and his work in mapping the archaeological gems before and during the golden age of Khmer history, the Angkorian period. Bruno may be one in a long line of French explorers, researchers and archaeologists - such as Etienne Aymonier and Lunet de Lajonquiere - who've trodden the trails around the country on behalf of the research institute Ecole francaise d'Extreme-Orient, but he's the one who has been putting himself out and about the remotest parts of Cambodia since 1995 to map and identify about 5,000 sites, at the last count, many more than originally believed to exist. Maps have been published and Bruno is now revisiting each region to compile detailed guidebooks, of which two have so far been released. His next one, covering the northern temple temples of Koh Ker and Preah Vihear province is eagerly awaited by temple nuts like myself. Added to that, he's one of the nicest guys around and unsung hero just about sums him up perfectly.



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