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Modern activities follow the contours of ancient Teotihuacan

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A lidar mapping study using a cutting-edge aerial mapping technology shows ancient residents of Teotihuacan moved astonishing quantities of soil and bedrock for construction and reshaped the landscape in a way that continues to influence the contours of modern activities in this part of Mexico. The work is published in the open-access journal, PLOS One.

The paper also shows how Teotihuacan's engineers re-routed two rivers to align with points of astronomical significance, identified hundreds of previously unknown architectural features, and documented over 200 archaeological features that have been destroyed by mining and urbanization since the 1960s.

"We don't live in the past, but we live with the legacies of past actions. In a monumental city like Teotihuacan, the consequences of those actions are still fresh on the landscape," said first author Nawa Sugiyama, a professor of anthropology at UC Riverside.



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LIDAR is amazing.

Don't know too much about it other than it's technology and well-proven usefulness in certain archeological topographies.

Great article read.

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10 hours ago, DreadLordAvatar said:

Ancient alien secrets! Noice

Did you read the same article as the rest of us??

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