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Ancient Maya cities, ‘super highways’ revealed in latest survey


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Tue, 2023-01-17 04:03

GUATEMALA CITY, Jan 16 : A new high-tech study has revealed nearly 1,000 ancient Maya settlements, including 417 previously unknown cites linked by what may be the world’s first highway network and hidden for millennia by the dense jungles of northern Guatemala and southern Mexico.
It is the latest discovery of roughly 3,000-year-old Maya centers and related infrastructure, according to a statement on Monday from a team from Guatemala’s FARES anthropological research foundation overseeing the so-called LiDAR studies.

An artist rendering shows a reconstruction of what would have been ancient Maya cities nestled in the area known as the Mirador-Calakmul Karst Basin (MCKB) of northern Guatemala and southern Campeche, Mexico, after a study using LiDAR laser technology by seven foundations and organisations, in this undated handout image. (REUTERS)
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