LIDAR: Imaging through The Jungles

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LIDAR: Imaging through The Jungles

Unread postby Solar » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:30 am

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"LIDAR" is blowing the doors off of previous Archaeological interpretations that presumed Mayan-Inca temples as relatively local phenomena. The images reveal that the temples themselves were the epicenter of massive Mayan Megacites with one temple (Tikal) having some "60,000 hidden Maya ruins":

Results from the research using Lidar technology, which is short for "light detection and ranging", suggest that Central America supported an advanced civilisation more akin to sophisticated cultures like ancient Greece or China.

"Everything is turned on its head," Ithaca College archaeologist Thomas Garrison told the BBC.

He believes the scale and population density has been "grossly underestimated and could in fact be three or four times greater than previously thought". - Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemala jungle


The technique also revealed huge patches of land used for cultivating crops which means that the land was not always covered in thick jungle, or had been cleared. I had not realized that there are over 115 different Mayan & Inca temples that had already been found through normal means. LiDar expands the scope and impact of the expanse of the Maya and Inca civilizations tremendously!
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