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3D Laser Scanning Technology Reveals a Massive Mayan “Megalopolis” Hidden in the Guatemalan Jungle

3D Laser Scanning Technology Reveals a Massive Mayan “Megalopolis” Hidden in the Guatemalan Jungle

Written by David

April 30, 2019

The remains of a massive pyramid lie hidden in the thick jungle floor. Generally accepted Western conceits about the possible size and scope of tropical civilizations continue to be shattered with the help of high-powered 3D scanning technology and organizations like PACUNAM , Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation. Last year their researchers employed state-of-the-art aerial mapping technology called LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) at the archaeological site at Tikal and discovered the ruins of more than 60,000 structures that have been hidden under the massive jungle canopy for more than 1,200 years. The hidden structures included homes, palaces, waterways, quarries, terraced agriculture and elevated roadways connecting the sprawling civilization together. Until recently experts believed that the dense vegetation and terrain of the jungles in northern Guatemala had limited the size that ancient Mayan cities like Tikal would be able to support. However the vast network of interconnected structures […]

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