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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala - fox news

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Thousands of Mayan pyramids and palaces found in Guatemala - fox news More than 60,000 previously unknown Mayan structures - including pyramids, palaces and causeways - have been revealed under jungle foliage in Guatemala in what has been hailed as a 'major breakthrough'.Researchers used laser technology to look beneath the forest canopy in northern Peten - an area close to already-known Mayan cities.The lasers revealed the 'breathtaking' remains of a sprawling pre-Columbian 'megalopolis' that was far more complex than most specialists had ever believed.The discovery suggests that Central America supported a civilization that was, at its peak 1,500 years ago, more advanced than ancient Greek and Chinese cultures.The landscape may have been home to up to 15 million individuals and the abundance of defensive walls, ramparts and fortresses suggests that warfare was rife throughout their existence and not just at the end.'I think this is one of the greatest advances in over 150 years of Maya archaeology,' said Stephen Houston, Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Brown University told the BBC.'I know it sounds hyperbolic but when I saw the [Lidar] imagery, it did bring tears to my eyes.'Scientists made the discovery using Lidar technology, which is short for 'light detection and ranging',Aircraft with a LiDAR scanner produced three-dimensional maps of the surface by using light in the form of pulsed laser linked to a GPS system.This technique allowed researchers to map outlines of what they describe as dozens of newly discovered Maya cities Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5343567/Thousands-Mayan-pyramids-palaces-Guatemala.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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