Category:Kandal Province

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Large Prasat
Large Prasats
Arogyasala
Arogyasalas
Large Ruin
Large Ruins
Dharmasala
Dharmasalas
Medium Prasat
Medium Prasats
Ancient Bridge
Ancient Bridges
Medium Ruin
Medium Ruins
Ancient City
Ancient Cities
Medium Tuol
Medium Tuols
Ancient Kiln
Ancient Kilns
Prasat
Small Prasats
Ancient Quarry
Ancient Quarries
Small Ruin
Small Ruins
Ancient Reservoir
Ancient Reservoirs
Small Tuol
Small Tuols
Ancient Village
Ancient Villages
Museum
Museums
Carvings
Carvings
Depository
Depositories
Other Structures
Other Structures
Wat
Wats
Prehistoric
Prehistoric Sites
Neak Ta
Neak Ta's
Unknown
Unknown Sites
Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed Sites


The modern-day province of Kandal forms a geographically indistinct, somewhat 'cobbled together', area consisting of a band of land surrounding Phnom Penh with a panhandle feature extending south into Takeo Province. The rapidly expanding capital eats into Kandal's edges while boundary changes with neighbouring provinces are frequent.

To the west, a dense concentration of sites is basically a continuation of Kampong Speu, to the east of Highway 51, and features a high number of unverified tuol and reservoir sites as well as several active Buddhist wats displaying moats. As with Phnom Penh suburban sites, construction and intensive agriculture have obscured or destroyed many potential or even confirmed ancient sites. The later-period capital Phnom Oudong, with its varied collection of sites, just squeezes into the extreme northern point of the province.

An eclectic collection of sites on the east bank of the Mekong corresponds geographically to Prey Veng province and includes the largely intact 9th-century temple at Prasat Roka Chonlueng.

South of Phnom Penh clusters of unverified tuol sites are likely to correspond to early agricultural settlements and, along with sections of Takeo and Prey Veng formed a probable agricultural hinterland for Funan and Chenla sites to the south. Angkor Borei is situated at the northern limit of Takeo Province, close to the border of Kandal, and also corresponds to a topographical border between lower-lying lands to the south and slightly higher, more easily farmed, areas to the north. Several sites are also located in the strip of land running south, between the Mekong and Bassak rivers, both of which clearly formed major transport thoroughfares from early times onwards.

Overall, despite a rather disappointing lack of standing structures - much of this area has undoubtedly been under intensive cultivation for the best part of 2 millennia - the region demonstrates significance from the Funan period into late Angkor times as the better-preserved sites just over the border in northern Takeo Province confirm. (e.g. the 11th century Phnom Chisor and late 12th century Prasat Ta Prohm (Tonle Bati).)

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