A report by CBS News brings exciting news for those interested in the mysteries surrounding the Mayan civilization. Archaeologists, using high-tech mapping technology that augments LiDAR, have revealed a massive network of Mayan ruins that have long remained concealed beneath the thick jungle canopies of Guatemala.
The research, carried out under the direction of the National Geographic Society, has vastly extended the boundaries of the ancient Mayan people.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 6, 2018
Albert Lin, a NatGeo engineer told CBS, “So we have this augmented reality platform built based off of the LiDAR data. … And it says there’s a massive temple just around the corner. Ah, it gives you like chills up your back!”
The findings are astounding. Over 60,000 “interconnected structures including houses, farms, highways and even pyramids” radiate outwards from the known sites of Mayan ruins.
Marianne Hernandez, president of the Guatemalan non-profit PACUNAM, states, “This will provide empirical proof of the sophistication and complexity of their settlement systems.”
Another PACUNAM project official, Francisco Estrada-Belli added, “When they started looking at, through that telescope… they found thousands of galaxies. And that’s what we’re seeing. Part of the jungle we thought were empty are full of cities and small towns and amazing things that we didn’t suspect were there.”
The extended boundaries also bump up the estimates of how large the civilization’s populace was. Prior studies suggested that the Mayans had between 1 to 2 million inhabitants. The new mapping now elevates that guess to as much as 20 million Mayans! This is sure to re-write many historical interpretations.
The entire findings were televised on the National Geographic Channel in an program called “Lost Treasures of the Maya Snake Kings”.
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