View Full Version : The Maya Civilisation Was Far More Complex Than We Thought

09-28-2018, 01:28 PM
The 2016 survey, whose first results were published this week in the journal Science, comprises a dozen plots covering 830 square miles, an area larger than the island of Maui. It is the largest such survey of the Maya region, ever.
The study authors describe the results as a revelation. "It's like putting glasses on when your eyesight is blurry," said study author Mary Jane Acuņa, director of El Tintal Archaeological Project in Guatemala.
In the past, archaeologists had argued that small, disconnected city-states dotted the Maya lowlands, though that conception is falling out of favor.
This study shows that the Maya could extensively "exploit and manipulate" their environment and geography, Acuņa said. Maya agriculture sustained large populations, who in turn forged relationships across the region.
Combing through the scans, Acuņa and her colleagues, an international 18-strong scientific team, tallied 61,480 structures. These included: 60 miles of causeways, roads and canals that connected cities; large maize farms; houses large and small; and, surprisingly, defensive fortifications that suggest the Maya came under attack from the west of Central America.

What lidar can reveal.
Credit: Luke Auld-Thomas and Marcello A. Canuto/PACUNAM

The Maya Civilisation Was Far More Complex Than We Thought. (LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/lidar-upends-long-held-theories-about-mayan-civilization)

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