5th Grade Aspirations Realized

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In the fifth grade we had to do a research project about what we wanted to be when we grew up. I chose an archaeologist. I loved movies where the characters were discovering new things like Indiana Jones or Goonies. I do not remember anything really from the project aside from the fact that I wanted at that moment in time to be an archaeologist traveling the world discovering old stuff. Yesterday, in Angkor Cambodia I remembered that once a long time ago I wanted to discover buildings like

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Most people think of Angkor Wat, but actually it was a whole city. Each with unique temples and buildings. We spent a good majority of the day within that city exploring the different buildings and temples. It is so interesting and amazing to think about all of the work that went into these buildings without the aid of modern machinery. On the walls lay intricate carvings of floral patterns, battle scenes, or gods. Angkor Wat the largest of hem has a moat and then several outer buildings before the inner temple. It is the largest temple of it’s kind in the world. It was originally a Hindu temple before it was converted to a Buddhist temple when the capital moved from Angkor to the current capital.

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What impressed me even more is that each temple complex has a different design and decorations. Angkor Thom has faces in it’s towers, several are guarded by stone lions, others have trees growing through the walls Ta Prohm most notable known due to the film, “Tomb Raider”. Walking within the stone walls of these buildings gave me a sense of what it would be like to be an archaeologist studying the ancient civilizations through the remains of the ruins.

Sayonara for now… D&M

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