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Lost city discovered in Africa using LIDAR

Posted on Saturday, 2 February, 2019 | Comment icon 15 comments

The city would have covered an area of eight square miles. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Kgosi Kai
Researchers have uncovered the site of a 15th-century city which was once home to over 10,000 people.
Known as Kweneng, the city, which was previously believed to be much smaller, had been hidden beneath thick vegetation for centuries, making it difficult to determine its true size.

It wasn't until scientists used LIDAR ( Light Detection and Ranging) to scan the area that they were finally able to determine just how large the city actually was.

Covering eight square miles, it is now thought to have once housed over 10,000 people.

"What this means is filling in a huge historical gap, especially for southern Africa, because we know pre-colonial history of southern Africa has no written record," said archaeologist Fern Imbali Sixwanha.

"So now we're starting to fill in the gaps using this LIDAR technology."

In its prime, Kweneng would have been a buzzing metropolis with a particularly large cattle market, as evidenced by the discovery of huge enclosures that could have housed up to 1,000 cattle each.

Sadly though, for reasons that remain uncertain, the city was eventually abandoned.

"One of the most enlightening things is, as I've been able to understand what we were doing in our past you know, it gives us more broader idea of the people of southern Africa who they were and the types of activities that they did because you can now rediscover that activity line and just general interaction within the society," said Sixwanha.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (15)

Tags: Lost City, Africa

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by susieice on 2 February, 2019, 2:27
Here's a good link with some pictures.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 2 February, 2019, 2:57
Comment icon #8 Posted by Likely Guy on 2 February, 2019, 3:08
This thread is a perfect example of why the forum "Ancient Mysteries (which this is) & Alternative History (which deserves a part in the conspiracy section)" should be separated. If not, then the terms "Ancient Mystery" and "Alternative History" seem synonymous to you.
Comment icon #9 Posted by bison on 2 February, 2019, 3:08
What?!†Another one? †
Comment icon #10 Posted by jaylemurph on 2 February, 2019, 3:24
Doctor Who managed to find three of them on his own. Surely a fringe Atlantidiot can find two.† óJaylemurph†
Comment icon #11 Posted by Kenemet on 2 February, 2019, 4:02
Truth is, I'm tired of Atlantis and the Great Pyramid.† So I'm looking for other topics to put here!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Piney on 2 February, 2019, 4:26
Comment icon #13 Posted by Likely Guy on 2 February, 2019, 4:37
Comment icon #14 Posted by acute on 2 February, 2019, 11:30
LIDAR truly is a game-changer for archeology. The way it can 'remove' a forest is mind-blowing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by cathya on 4 February, 2019, 15:49
Oh, looks like a city with "walls" around it.† Isn't that considered immoral?††

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