Start Dating and inland empire

Dating and inland empire

Angkor Era Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom The giant faces carved on the Bayon temple at the Angkor Thum complex in northwestern Cambodia represent both the Buddha and King Jayavarman VII (ruled about 1130-1219).

The first stone inscriptions in the Khmer language and the first brick and stone Hindu temples in Cambodia date from the Zhenla period.

Modern-day archaeological findings provide evidence of a commercial society centered on the Mekong Delta that flourished from the 1st century to the 6th century.

Among these findings are excavations of a port city from the 1st century, located in the region of Oc-Eo in what is now southern Vietnam.

The first Cambodians likely arrived long before either of these dates.