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In what’s being hailed as a “major breakthrough” in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala.

Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilisation that was far more complex and interconnected than most Maya specialists had supposed.

To Read More on The National Geographic:

http://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/history-and-civilisation/2018/02/exclusive-laser-scans-reveal-maya-megalopolis-below-guatemalan

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