Ancient Maya City Discovered in Mexico

It must be World Discover-Lost-Cities Week! Barely a week after we heard the exciting news of a lost city found in Cambodia, comes the announcement of an ancient Maya city discovered in Mexico's Central Lowlands. The site has been dubbed Chactún, "Red Stone"; one of 19 stelae unearthed so far bears inscriptions detailing the ruler K’inich B’ahlam “fixed the Red Stone (or Stone Great) in 751”. Chactún is extensive, covering 22 hectares of jungle:

Past Horizons wrote:
In these spaces are scattered numerous pyramidal structures, two ballgame courts, patios, plazas, sculptured monuments and residential areas. The tallest pyramid, 23 metres high, is located in the west complex, however, the stelae and altars, some of which still have the remains of stucco on them, best reflect the splendour of the city in the Late Classic (600-900 AD).

Once again, LIDAR has been hailed for its role in identifying the site in an area that has largely remained a big blank on archaeological maps. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History has a photo gallery you can stare wistfully at, and imagine yourself with a machete and fedora seeking fortune and glory. Read more at Past Horizons.

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More 'lost cities' in the Grail news:
Lost City Found In Jungles of Cambodia.

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That's weird because on the video the main archeologist mentions the use of high-def aerial photography as the tool that helped them locate the city.

Perhaps LIDAR scanning came later?

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red pill junkie wrote:

Perhaps LIDAR scanning came later?

Archaeology Magazine mentions the use of LIDAR, it was no doubt strapped to the same plane used for the high-def photography. The same method was used to find the lost city in Cambodia, a combination of aerial photography and LIDAR. Considering the costs, I can't imagine the archaeologists would do two separate aerial surveys.

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Now I get it :)

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No ligers were used in the Mexican jungles. You can sleep easy tonight, amigo. ;)

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I would definitely vote for a liger to become El Presidente :P

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