Archaeologists studying ancient Mesoamerica are trading-in their machetes for satellites that can spy massive structures buried by time.
Using satellite images, scientists at the University of Central Florida are reporting that — long before Agenda 21 — Mayan architects were concentrating people into smaller areas, by weaving together living and work spaces.
It’s a stretch, greenwashing the Maya to make them appear relevant to 21st Century audiences. But that’s how science writers roll, these days.
“Until now, Maya archeologists have been limited in exploring large sites and understanding the full nature of ancient Maya landscape modifications because most of those features are hidden within heavily forested and hilly terrain and are difficult to record. LiDAR effectively removes these obstacles.’It’s very exciting,’ said Arlen Chase. ‘The images not only reveal topography and built features, but also demonstrate the integration of residential groups, monumental architecture, roadways and agricultural terraces, vividly illustrating a complete communication, transportation and subsistence system.’”
via UCF Newsroom.