(Sydney Morning Herald) Scratched and exhausted, Damian Evans pushed through dense jungle into a clearing where mountain villagers long ago attempted to grow rice, stepping on to a weed-covered mound.

“Bingo,” the Australian archaeologist said as he picked up and examined an ancient sandstone block.

“This is a collapsed temple that was part of a bustling civilisation that existed 1200 years ago … It looks like the looters were unaware it was here.”

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