LIDAR technology was used in the archaeological discovery of Maya ruins hidden in the jungles of Guatemala.
LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)
remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.
This survey technique, commonly used as a mapping tool in other applications, revealed remains of former houses, palaces, walkways and defences.
The Maya Civilization
Maya, Mesoamerican Indians occupying a nearly continuous territory in southern Mexico, Guatemala, and northern Belize. In the early 21st century some 30 Mayan languages were spoken by more than five million people, most of whom were bilingual in Spanish. Before the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Central America, the Maya possessed one of the greatest civilizations of the Western Hemisphere(see pre-Columbian civilizations: The earliest Maya civilization of the lowlands). They practiced agriculture, built great stone buildings and pyramid temples, worked gold and copper, and used a form of hieroglyphic writing that has now largely been deciphered.