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Massive Maya city revealed by lasers

By T.K. Randall
May 24, 2010 · Comment icon 23 comments



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Lasers have been used to peer through the rain forests and reveal an ancient Maya metropolis in western Belize.
The airborne lasers allowed researchers to get a better picture of what the settlement had been like, as it turns out it was far larger than anyone had previously thought.
An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize.


Source: National Geographic | Comments (23)


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Comment icon #14 Posted by puridalan 13 years ago
Hey, ancient technology is some respects is often thought of modern technology, one example are grendades. I also found a book recently on accident and it showed you how the mayans counted, and only after a few minutes I learned how to count in mayan, it's actually really cool and way simplier than what they teach US children, and in my opinion a lot more effective! But whatever
Comment icon #15 Posted by Ego Massage 13 years ago
I would like to know how a primitive culture cut down the jungle, removed all the root structure, graded the terraces, quarried the stones, moved the stones, and placed the stones with stone age type tools. They had no metal, no wheel, only obsidean axes and knives, right? Or did they have more technology than this?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Ego Massage 13 years ago
The Mayans were not crude uncivilized savages, There mercurial civilization was more astute and intellectual than the Romans, tell me what other ancient civilization understood and applied the concept of zero in mathematics. When it comes to the Mayans, most archaeologist's and anthropologist's still have no clue whatsoever.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Ego Massage 13 years ago
To find the jade mirror, pieces of the perfect black, lost, last, luminous, gorgeous skies, never found, relics of jewels, and ant track tools, a true ghost dance.
Comment icon #18 Posted by pbarosso 13 years ago
The Mayans were not crude uncivilized savages, There mercurial civilization was more astute and intellectual than the Romans, tell me what other ancient civilization understood and applied the concept of zero in mathematics. When it comes to the Mayans, most archaeologist's and anthropologist's still have no clue whatsoever. LOL... actually LMAO. more atute and intellectual than the romans? perhaps it is you who have no clue whatsoever about the Romans? what does everyone else think about this? everyone has a little bias, its ok if this is yours.
Comment icon #19 Posted by pbarosso 13 years ago
My mind is open. I never said they could not cut stones. You are right, I don't know how to google. So, Instead of talking smack, show me evidence of how fast perfectly straight cuts can be made by a human on granite, limestone, and cherty limestone using technology that is known to be available during the date of perceived construction. I would like to see depth of cut/time for each. Please provide backup. look, look it up yourself. i do not have to provide links to you butttttt................. my father makes telescope mirrors. its called "glass". he used to cut this "glass" with a copper t... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by pbarosso 13 years ago
Hey, ancient technology is some respects is often thought of modern technology, one example are grendades. I also found a book recently on accident and it showed you how the mayans counted, and only after a few minutes I learned how to count in mayan, it's actually really cool and way simplier than what they teach US children, and in my opinion a lot more effective! But whatever yeah, they teach you taht when you take teaching math classes (for teachers). it is not particularly useful, just neat to show we dont have to use base ten.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Astute One 13 years ago
look, look it up yourself. i do not have to provide links to you butttttt................. my father makes telescope mirrors. its called "glass". he used to cut this "glass" with a copper tube and abrasive on a drill press. any rotary type tool could have been used. he used to cut through 2 inch pieces in a half hour or so. the ancients had copper and abrasives, especially in egypt during the GP timelines. i am not going to provide or even look for a link because i saw it with my own eyes. i have also seen a tv program where a guy cut through granite with a primative saw at a rapid rate. by hi... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Ego Massage 13 years ago
The Mayans did construct toys for their children that had wheels, for some reason they never applied it to their technologies.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Karlis 13 years ago
I would like to know how a primitive culture cut down the jungle, removed all the root structure, graded the terraces, quarried the stones, moved the stones, and placed the stones with stone age type tools. They had no metal, no wheel, only obsidean axes and knives, right? Or did they have more technology than this? Regarding the bolded -- imo, the local area at the time this construction took place was *not* a jungle. Eventually ~~~ as hundreds of years passed, that society collapsed, the jungle over-grew the area ... and now we have the jungle area overgrown.What do you think? Karlis


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