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Lost Roman roads founds with LIDAR

LIDAR technology is being employed to look for roads that the Romans built in the 1st century in Britain. Since 1998 the Environment Agency has used lasers to scan and map the English landscape from above to help with work such as flood modelling and tracking changing coastlines. But these LIDAR

Angkor Wat is larger than previously believed

Airborne laser scanning carried out at Angkor Wat in Cambodia has revealed the complex is larger than previously believed. "This structure, which has dimensions of more than 1500m×600m, is the most striking discovery associated with Angkor Wat to date. Its function remains unknown and, as yet, it has no known equivalent

Early Roman fort found in Italy

Lidar technology has led to the discovery of an early Roman fort, dating back to 178 B.C., near Trieste, Italy. The finding is big news for researchers studying the Roman Empire—the timing of building of the fort coincides with the second Istrian War. The early Romans were keen to protect a

LiDAR used to map colonial-era roads and farmsteads

Researchers working in Connecticut and Massachusetts are employing the use of LiDAR technology to map the colonial-era roads and farmsteads in the area. The airborne technology bounces laser light pulses off the ground to generate precise pictures of surface features. A quiet revolution in archaeology has resulted from LiDAR's advent, with

LiDar used to map new structures at El Tajin in Mexico

Researchers working in the Archaeological Zone of El Tajin in Mexico have found three new ball fields as well as other buildings after using LiDar technology to scan the area. Ph.D Guadalupe Zetina Gutierrez, investigator in the Archaeological Zone of El Tajin, allowed some of the project’s advances to be revealed.

Remote scanning technology reveals thousands of sites in Europe

Archaeologists in Europe are employing the use of remote-scanning techniques to identify the locations of thousands of historical sites. Lidar technology has also allowed archaeologists to make surprising discoveries in more obscure locations. For example, in a forest near Göppingen, in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg, they have found an

LiDAR locates possible lost city hidden in Honduras rainforest

Researchers performing a Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR) survey of the rainforests of Honduras have identified ancient ruins, possibly the lost city of  Ciudad Blanca, beneath the think jungle canopy. In the Honduras project, the UH team blanketed the area with as many 25 to 50 laser pulses per square meter --

LiDAR: Light Detection And Ranging

Ars Technica has posted an interesting article about LiDAR and how archaeologists are using it in the field. Last year, LiDAR enabled Fisher to create a full-fledged picture of the important Mesoamerican capital in greater detail. This included the discovery of several pyramids, ceremonial complexes and thousands of residences and other

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