Utilizing Technological Advancements
The modern world has allowed us to uncover secrets of the past in so many new ways, as scientists and historians have been able to use technological advancements to their advantage. To be more specific, new discoveries are being found thanks to the use of lidar – or light detection and ranging. This technique uses laser pulses to search underneath overgrown regions to see structures on or even under the surface. That’s how this new structure was found.
Investigating The Area
Over the years, University of Arizona archaeologist Takeshi Inomata has been using lidar to scour previously unknown areas of Mexico for traces of ancient Mayan life. By using airborne mapping and excavations, they have come across a brand new site called Aguada Fenix, which is home to the biggest Mayans structure they have found so far. It can be traced back to around 1,000 BC to 800 BC.
Going Against The Grain
While there’s no doubt about the fact that this structure is huge, it seems as though it’s impact is also huge. That’s because it goes against what scientists originally thought of this area. While they assumed that ancient Mayan people lived in small villages before building up into large structures, this mammoth ceremonial area is older and larger than these small villages.
Isn’t it amazing what science can do? Hopefully, we’ll learn even more over the years.