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ANARKY Talk: "Unveiling Urban Landscapes: Current Lidar Use in Maya Archaeology"

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
Earth Sciences 702

Kathryn Reese-Taylor, PhD

The challenges of topographic mapping have contributed to difficulties in addressing certain research questions focused on the spatial extent and organization of cities and their surrounding settlements in the southern Maya lowlands. This is due to any number of reasons, including the complexity of the features in the built environment, as well as the density of the canopy and the undergrowth in the tropical rain forests. However, our understanding of the spatial dimensions of these ancient urban landscapes is currently being revolutionized through the application of airborne laser mapping (als), more commonly called lidar. In this presentation, I discuss the results of the 2014 lidar survey in southern Campeche, Mexico, one of the most densely populated areas in the Maya region.

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