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LiDAR-derived images accurately portrayed structures and a network of 17 roads. Credit: FARES 2016

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Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

The network of roads dates as far back as 600 B.C., and is regarded as the foundation of the first state-level society in the Western Hemisphere.

January 27, 2017
12:42 PM EST
LiDAR was capable of penetrating thick jungle vegetation at the northern Guatemalan regions where the roads were detected. Credit: FARES 2016
LiDAR image showing features and causeways within the Guatemalan forest. Credit: FARES 2016.