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VIRTUAL - The Big Reveal: Airborne Laser Scanning and Archaeology of the Northern Maya Lowlands by Dr. Ken Seligson

March 10, 2024 @ 11:30 am EDT

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AIA Society: Long Island

Since 2009 lidar spatial imagery has been transforming the way that archaeologists approach settlement and landscape studies in the Maya lowlands. Lidar laser technology allows researchers to virtually peel back the dense canopy of the Maya jungle, revealing hundreds of thousands of ancient structures and landscape modifications. Deep in the hilly Puuc Region of the northern lowlands, a recent 240-sq-km lidar flyover has allowed archaeologists to confirm previous suspicions that the north was just as densely populated and architecturally complex as the south. This talk focuses mainly on the large site of Muluchtzekel (c. 500 BCE – 950 CE) and elaborates on the broader implications of the new mapping technology (both its benefits and drawbacks) for understanding changes in human-environmental relationships and socio-political organization over time.

Meeting ID: 820 0422 7184
Passcode: 655983

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March 10, 2024
11:30 am EDT


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