Thanks to Kent Davis for reporting on this issue:
A circular earthwork site in Samrong Village in Memot district in Cambodia was destroyed by the Memot Rubber Plantation to building housing for their workers. They did not seek permission to destroy this site and it happened too quickly for archaeologists to intervene.
These situations are very frustrating. There is almost no recourse that can be taken and the destruction of the site makes salvage excavations nearly impossible. Archaeologists in Cambodia deal with these kinds of situations all too frequently. In a growing country like Cambodia, development will always win over archaeological research and the pursuit of knowledge. It is a deeply shortsighted philosophy and more people in Cambodia should be outraged. In the US, a letter-writing and email campaign (plus bad press) would help shame a company into doing the right thing. Somehow I don’t think the same thing would work in Cambodia.
I wrote about circular earthwork sites in Memot here.
I wrote about visiting the Memot Center and a circular earthwork site here.