The images in this article provide striking evidence of the game changing value that the use of airborne lidar is bringing to archaeology. “We discovered a completely new component of the greater site that does not meet with any traditional expectations,” said Ford. “It shares nothing in common with Classic Maya centers: no clear open plaza, no cardinal structure orientation, and curiously no evident relationship to the major Classic site of El Pilar, little more that 600 meters away.”
You just can’t identify these landscapes when you are on the ground. Where is Indiana Jones when we really need him?