‘Mind blowing’: Lost cities discovered in the Amazon; lasers reveal ancient pyramids and canals
With the help of LiDAR technology, archaeologists were able to see through a canopy to reveal hundreds of unknown structures and settlements from the Casarabe culture of 500-1400 AD.
Source: Times Now News
Have you ever heard of Percy Harrison Fawcett?
He was a British geographer, artillery officer, cartographer, archaeologist, and explorer who dedicated his life to exploring South America and finding a lost city in the Amazon.
Fawcett disappeared in 1925, along with his eldest son, Jack, and one of Jack’s friends, Raleigh during an expedition to find “Z”.
He spent years to find ‘Z’, his name for an ancient lost city that he and others believed existed in the jungles of Brazil.
While it never came to be known if Fawcett ever found what he was looking for, scientists have recently discovered pyramids and canals beneath the forests of the Bolivian Amazon. With the help of LiDAR technology, archaeologists were able to see through a canopy to reveal hundreds of unknown structures and settlements from the Casarabe culture of 500-1400 AD.
The new laser-mapping technology was used to penetrate a dense Bolivian rainforest, according to a journal published in Nature.
Thanks to the new tech, archaeologists have made the landmark discovery of pyramids, canals, and town-like civilisations in the area.
“Pyramids and canals built by an ancient civilisation have been discovered beneath the forests of the Bolivian Amazon. LiDAR technology allowed archaeologists to see through the canopy to reveal hundreds of previously unknown structures and settlements from the Casarabe culture of 500-1400 AD. In this film archaeologist Heiko Prümers describes his work in a region long thought to be unable to support complex ancient societies,” Nature wrote on YouTube.
The discovery of the ancient structures proves that Amazonians lived together in township-like structures even before the invaders set foot on their land.
For the expedition to be successful, scientists from Germany and the UK searched six regions of Bolivia using a helicopter equipped with light detection.
“This is the first of what I hope will be a huge series of studies that will blow the lid off of preconceptions about what pre-Hispanic polities looked like in the Amazon in terms of their complexity, size and density,” said Colorado State University archaeologist Chris Fisher.