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The note that accompanied my photo 2 days ago has prompted a question by John Maenhout about the proper last name of the person who discovered Angkor Wat in 1860: Henry Mahout or Henry Mouhot? (Please click number in front of each quote for referred link)


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(•• of •• / Continued from yesterday)


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4- Built in the 12th century and abandoned in 1431, Angkor Wat succumbed to the encroaching jungle until the great temple complex was rediscovered in 1860 by French botanist Henri Mahout.

5- Henri Mahout could hardly believe his eyes in 1860. He wrote of "ruins of such grandeur, remains of structures that must have been raised at such an immense cost of labor, that, at the first view, one is filled with profound admiration..."

6- When Henri Mahout, the French botanist, stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860, he was stunned by its vast size, soaring towers, dramatic carvings and endless courtyards, avenues and buildings.

7- When the French explorer Henri Mahout stumbled across this staggering collection of temples and buildings, many had collapsed or become completely consumed by the jungle.

8- Henri Mahout 's discovery of the Angkor temples in 1860 opened up this lost city to the world.


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There are 2 important books about Angkor.
In Angkor, Temples et Monuments (Arthaud, 2002), Jean Laur reserved a long paragraph about “Le Conservation d’Angkor et L’Ecole Franēais d’Extrźme-Orient” but he didn’t mention about who discovered it in 1860. But in Angkor (Donald Moore Books, 1965) Malcolm MacDonald cited at page 79, “Then one morning in 1860, a wandering naturalist, Henri Mouhot, turned a corner along a forest path — and spies ahead, looming through gaps in the green foliage, the grey towers of Angkor Wat.”

With the above finding, I think Mahout and Mouhot are the same last name. Regarding last name Maenhout, I failed to find its genealogic relationship to Mahout or Mouhot, except “Mahoudeau” — diminutive of Mahout, a popular form of the “Mathilde” first name (Source).

Again, the above finding is a start. Any reference to help me with an accurate conclusion is sincerely appreciated and welcome.


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