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Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemala jungle
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2 February 2018
On 2 February 2018 The Associated Press reported:
Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works, and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday (1 February)...
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The study estimates that roughly 10 million people may have lived within the Maya Lowlands . . .
'That is two to three times more (inhabitants) than people were saying there were,' said Marcello A. Canuto, a professor of Anthropology at Tulane University.
Researchers used a mapping technique called LiDAR, which stands for Light Detection And Ranging. It bounces pulsed laser light off the ground, revealing contours hidden by dense foliage.
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