Groslier, B. P.
Basic Biographical Information
Bernard Philippe Groslier (1926–86) was the most significant archaeologist of Cambodia in the twentieth century. He was born in Cambodia and lived there half his life. His career was affected by international politics and war, first World War II (1939–1944), then the French Indochina War (1946–1954), and the US Vietnam War (1954–1975) which led into Cambodia’s Civil War (1970–1975) and the creation of Democratic Kampuchea (the “Khmer Rouge,” 1975–1979).
Bernard Philippe, third and youngest child of a leading French art historian, also born in Cambodia, lived in Phnom Penh till 1939 when he moved with his mother and brother to central France to complete his studies. The University of Strasbourg excavations at the Gaulish site of Gergovie were a recruiting ground for the French Resistance, which Groslier joined in 1942. He enrolled in the (Free) French army in 1944, serving until 1948. He reached Cambodia with the army of General Leclerc in September 1945,...
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