LiDAR Scanning reveals ‘lost’ ancient Angamuco city ‘had as many buildings as Manhattan’

LiDAR is a technology we outlined earlier this month in identifying Mayan ruins. It is the same technology used in self driving cars. It has applications in archaeology because it can scan geography much faster than humans can. For example, when Purépecha Empire's Angamuco city in Mexico was excavated the old-fashioned way a decade ago, it... Continue Reading →

Maya “Megalopolis” Found After LiDAR Scanning the Guatemalan Jungle

After mapping over 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) in northern Peten, Guatemala more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other undiscovered hidden features have been identified using LiDAR technology. LiDAR allows one to remove the canopy from images to identify underlying structures. These discoveries were lead by Thomas Garrison, an Ithaca College archaeologist, as... Continue Reading →

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