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Saturday, 03 February 2018 - 12:33
Hidden Maya cities uncovered
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Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough.

Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.

The landscape, near already-known Maya cities, is thought to have been home to millions more people than other research had previously suggested.

The researchers mapped over 810 square miles (2,100 sq km) in northern Peten.

Archaeologists believe the cutting-edge technology will change the way the world will see the Maya civilisation.

A Lidar image showing hundreds of previously unseen structures.

Three surveyors looks at a large digital screen showing a Lidar image of a Mayan city.

Guatemalan jungle with a mound covered in foliage in the background.

An image of jungle foliage superimposed with a Lidar image of the same location, revealing a mound in the distance is in fact a pyramid.

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