Tens of thousands of ancient Maya structures have been discovered in Guatemala with the aid of aerial lidar.This is being hailed as one of the most important discoveries in recent times.
Marcello Canuto, a Tulane University archaeologist, who also took part in the research, said –
…”this was a civilization that was literally moving mountains. We’ve had this western conceit that complex civilizations can’t flourish in the tropics, that the tropics are where civilizations go to die. But with the new LiDAR-based evidence from Central America and [Cambodia’s] Angkor Wat, we now have to consider that complex societies may have formed in the tropics and made their way outward from there.”
Be sure to check out the video to get an idea of just how dense the forest is in this area and see augmented reality in purposeful action.