Saturday, February 03, 2018

Laser Scans Reveal 60,000 Unknown Maya Structures

Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought. In what's being hailed as a "major breakthrough" in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for "Light Detection And Ranging"), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed.

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"Among the most surprising findings was the ubiquity of defensive walls, ramparts, terraces, and fortresses. "Warfare wasn't only happening toward the end of the civilization," said Garrison. "It was large-scale and systematic, and it endured over many years."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-02 10:36 PM

That teaser for the show on Nat Geo was excellent!

That's the video captioned with:
"TELEVISION See how LiDAR is revolutionizing archaeology and rewriting history in "Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings," a one-hour special premiering Tuesday, February 6, at 9/8c on National Geographic."

We were using synthetic aperture radar 35 years ago and finding ancient river beds and other things you just couldn't see with the naked eye. LiDAR's short wavelengths (higher resolution imaging as a result) and augmented reality integration make this application much, much more impressive!

#2 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-02 10:45 PM

Chain migration...

#3 | Posted by Greatamerican at 2018-02-03 12:44 AM

This piques my interest. Glad that I can watch NatGeo on Hulu.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-03 10:18 AM

"We were using synthetic aperture radar 35 years ago and finding ancient river beds and other things you just couldn't see with the naked eye."

I remember seeing on PBS a show saying they had used this method to find the Kingdom of Sheba.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-04 02:50 PM

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