The indigenous cultures of Latin America have been the focus of study for researchers throughout history. Not only because of the advanced techniques of ancient communities, such as analyzing factors such as the movement of the stars or the organization of the calendar, but also because of the skill with which the ancients built platforms between natural refuges.
This time, a group of experts from the University of Cambridge shared a significant breakthrough: they discovered a Maya settlement more than 2,000 years old in the middle of the jungle in northern Guatemala.
These are 964 buildings connected to each other by 177 kilometers of highway, in the middle of an area of 1,685 square kilometers that is located in the Mirador-Calacmul Karst Basin (MCKB).
But the question is, if so many researchers have analyzed that area for years, why didn’t they find it earlier?
To solidify the find, the Cambridge scientists used a high-tech LiDAR system, which is characterized by the fact that it fires a laser that, once it reaches its target, bounces back at that device. Measure factors such as time, distance, volume and size in the order in which it was launched.
With these data, they were able to put together a three-dimensional map of the specific area to continue their investigation, which revealed that the community also had pyramids in that area.
Similarly, experts emphasize that the roads connecting the buildings are evidence that they had “labor investments that challenged the organizational capabilities of small kingdoms and likely illustrated the strategies of government in the Preclassic period”. Used to do.”
As he elaborated, without laser technology the chances of seeing the settlement were practically nil, so the discovery served him both to prove his ability and to learn more about Maya culture, a subject that Still under investigation.