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Sprawling Maya Network Discovered

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Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.

Amazing news for our neighbor country and all archeology lovers! Over 810 square miles have been mapped in northern Petén using a laser technology called Lidar which was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy of Guatemala. It is believed that the landscape was home to millions more people than it was previously suggested– Archeologist Thomas Garrison told BBC News that the scale and population density have been “grossly underestimated and could in fact be three or four times greater than previously thought.”

Other archeologists excavating a Maya site in northern Guatemala were astonished to know there were kilometers of a fortification wall right beside their mapping area in addition to houses, palaces, and elevated highways— giving stronger suggestions that the area was heavily trafficked and used for trade…

Check out the BBC article here for more interesting insights on this discovery.

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