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Cullen Researchers Part of Team Opening Window to Maya Culture

By: Laurie Fickman

In the ongoing quest to unearth the world's hidden mysteries, University of Houston researchers and archaeology partners have discovered a lost Maya city deep in the jungles of Campeche, on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico.

In terms of exploration, NCALM researchers get the first bite at the apple. Flying high above sites of interest, their plane armed with airborne light detection and ranging (lidar) equipment, they scan the vast array of landforms.

Lidar allows unprecedented data collection in areas that are extremely difficult to enter on foot, like deep within jungles and rainforests.

"You can compare us to ultrasound technicians. We are the first to see the baby, but the doctor will tell you all about it and confirm the findings," said Juan Carlos Fernandez-Diaz, co-principal investigator of NCALM, housed in the Cullen College of Engineering, where he is also a research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

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