When reflected on my childhood memories, I was very interested in studying the Mayan Civilization those days. The stories of the Maya civilizations were very fascinating to me. Hope it’s the same with you.
Although we are very keen on it, we yet only know a little about what actually lies inside. The ancient Mayan structures are covered by the thick green vegetation of the Central American floor.
However, a group of scientists was able to figure out all their discoveries which consisted 60,000 Maya structures using a laser mapping technique.
It’s believed that this new discovery would lead us to make changes with what we know. The scientists were able to cover over 800 square miles of the Guatemalan forest using the LiDAR or the Light Detection and Ranging method.
The new revelations suggest that the inhabitant population is over 20 million. Now it’s suggested that it’s around 1-2 million. This placed the Maya civilization in the same group which includes the ancient Egyptians or Chinese civilizations. According to the investigations carried out, the population of the civilization was not increased.
“There are entire cities we didn’t know about now showing up in the survey data,” stated the archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli, who takes part as a co-leader for the initiative. “There are 20,000 square kilometers [7,700 square miles] more to be explored and there are going to be hundreds of cities in there that we don’t know about. I guarantee you.”
The results of the LiDAR show that the Mayans were living in the cities which were connected with each other. The cities have had elevated highways and farms, with fortifications. These types of structures show that Mayans were able to produce food in a large scale.
“We’ve had this western conceit that complex civilizations can’t flourish in the tropics, that the tropics are where civilizations go to die,” shared an archeologist from Tulane University, Marcello Canuto. “But with the new LiDAR-based evidence from Central America and [Cambodia’s] Angkor Wat, we now have to consider that complex societies may have formed in the tropics and made their way outward from there.”
As the process of these discoveries are at the initial stage, the scientists have a lot of work to carry on. The above revelations are only mere scratches of the project. However, it’s still the first stage of the 3 year survey known as PACUNAM which is carried out to observe 5,000 square miles of Guatemalan Lowlands.
Source of the information: educateinspirechange.org