Preah Khan Conservation Project Report VI, Field Campaign III

Reports on the third field campaign of World Monuments Fund at the temple complex of Preah Khan in Angkor, Cambodia, which took place in 1994-1995. The report describes accomplishments in research and conservation. A major research advance was a Spaceborn Imaging Radar survey of Angkor undertaken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in October 1994, at the request of WMF. The report also describes progress in the identification of flora and the inventory of statuary. Conservation work undertaken during this campaign prioritized structural repairs to prevent several pending failures and to make the site safe for visitors. Work was undertaken on the site’s east access way and along the main east-west axial route leading to the central shrine. During this campaign conservation work began on East Gopura IV, the principal gateway to Preah Khan from the east, focusing on the Northwest Portico and the Central Gateway, and including partial reconstruction. Further repairs also took place in the Hall of Dancers. Report VI also describes the continued international advocacy, education, and development efforts of WMF and its consultants. The report mentions the inauguration of a fundraising program for the conservation of the stone garudas of Preah Khan’s outer fortified walls under the name “Adopt a Garuda.” The 12th century temple complex of Preah Khan in Angkor, Cambodia is one of the most significant remains of the ancient Khmer civilization. This is one of a series of reports charting the evolution of the conservation efforts of World Monuments Fund at Preah Khan.

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