Saving Angkor

Adam Robert Young


A golden sun rises over the ancient splendour of Angkor. Before the trickle of tourists through the gates grows to a torrent, a small team of workers assembles in the warm morning air. Silicone gloves snap on, plastic clips on a plastic tacklebox are unclipped. Out of the box one by one, an eclectic collection of items are taken and meticulously arranged on the sandstone sill of a temple window. A scalpel. Toothpicks. A jar of grey mortar. These are the tools of the APSARA stone conservation team, an integral part of Cambodia’s effort to conserve and protect Angkor for future generations to enjoy.

Angkor Wat 2
Local workers build scaffolding around the north-western tower at Angkor Wat in preparation for conservation work.

For Cambodians, nothing stirs up a greater sense of nationalistic pride than Angkor. Built over the period from the ninth to fifteenth centuries, the massive complex of temples, palaces, canals…

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About Jack

BRIEF BIO: Jack Gunter is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and songs. He is the co-owner of Open Door Communications, a copywriter, an inventor, and a former broker and private investigator. He is a naturalist and an amateur scientist and cryptologist. He likes to compose music and to design and play games and puzzles of all types. He homeschooled his children. He lives in the Upstate of South Carolina with his beautiful wife, talented two daughters, his old friend and Great Dane Sam, and his three Viking Cats.

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