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National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping Aids Research
Point of Beginning – Jeannie Kever
Fernandez said they identified evidence of two main cities and several smaller settlements, indicating not the mythological city but instead extensive traces of an ancient civilization that...
Scanning Artifacts in Honduras
Airborne Lidar for Archaeology in Central and South America
LIDAR Magazine – Andrew Moller and Juan C. Fernandez-Diaz
The rainforests in Central and South America give little indication of the civilizations that they’ve swallowed up. A few centuries ago these regions were home to bustling indigenous cities...
Multispectral lidar view of the grand plaza of the Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala.
Estimating Ancient Populations by Aerial Survey
American Scientist – William E. Carter, Ramesh Shrestha, and Juan C. Fernandez-Diaz
Using lasers on low-flying aircraft, archaeologists can map previously unexplored sites and calculate how many people may have inhabited them.
Estimating Ancient Populations by Aerial Survey
A Laser Revolution: How Lidar is Changing the Way We See the World
The Christian Science Monitor – Eva Botkin-Kowacki
"The use of the technology is definitely increasing," says Craig Glennie, an assistant professor of engineering at the University of Houston and principal investigator at the National...
A Laser Revolution: How Lidar is Changing the Way We See the World
Lidar Uncovers Thousands of New Maya Structures
Eos – Jenessa Duncombe
A team of 18 researchers has now mapped more than 61,000 structures in the Maya lowlands. How? Two words: airborne lidar.
Lidar Uncovers Thousands of New Maya Structures
Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
The New York Times – Nicholas St. Fleur
Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands. Highways traversing thickets of rain forest. These are among more than 61,000 ancient...
Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map
This UH Research Center Is Revolutionizing Archaeology
Houstonia – Dianna Wray
The year was 2012; the place, the Honduran rainforest. A small plane flew overhead, dangling an expensive pulsing laser over the dense, leafy canopy. Within just a few hours, Ramesh...
This UH Research Center Is Revolutionizing Archaeology
Maya Population Estimate Increase Too Hasty, UH Anthropologist Says
The Daily Cougar – C. McRae Peavy
Deep in the verdant tropical jungles of Guatemala, a joint research team, including a UH-based organization, used advanced technology to pierce the thick canopy and find ancient Mayan...
Maya Population Estimate Increase Too Hasty, UH Anthropologist Says
VIDEO: Maya Civilization
University of Houston
Researchers at the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, or NCALM, say the discovery of tens of thousands Maya structures (temples and houses), sophisticated agricultural systems and...
Maya Civilization
Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts’ Minds
The New York Times – Jacey Fortin
The project was started by Pacunam, a Guatemalan nonprofit organization, and carried out with help from the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, which is based at the University of...
Tikal, Guatemala

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