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Mon Oct 1, 2018, 11:29 PM

3. Jungle-penetrating Lidar sheds light on ancient Maya structures


Lidar or 3D laser scanning provides a powerful technique for three-dimensional mapping of topographic features. It is proving to be a valuable tool in archaeology, particularly where the remains of structures may be hidden beneath forest canopies.

Two Tulane researchers, Marcello A. Canuto and Francisco Estrada-Belli, were part of a team of researchers, including assistant professor of anthropology Thomas Garrison at Ithaca College and other scholars who made the discovery in the PetÚn forest of Guatemala, originally announced in February 2018.

The discovery in the PetÚn forest includes more than 60,000 structures, including isolated houses, large palaces, ceremonial centers, and pyramids. The jungle area in the northern PetÚn province of Guatemala is where Tikal (tee-KAL), an ancient Maya city is located.

Temple 5C-54 (the Lost World Pyramid), part of a large E-Group complex dating to the
Preclassic. Tikal, Peten, Guatemala. Restored west face.
Simon Burchell

Tikal was an important and influential city during the heyday of the Maya Empire (1000 BCE-1500 CE). Archaeologists first began exploring the PetÚn forest in the late 19th century, and a number of structures have been excavated, including the Plaza of Seven Temples, the Palace at the Central Acropolis and the Lost World complex.


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