The ruins of a Mayan city were found buried under a forest in Guatemala. This Republic is a country in Central America.
It is bordered to the north and west by Mexico, to the northeast by Belize and the Caribbean, to the east by Honduras, to the southeast by El Salvador, and the south by the Pacific Ocean.
A surprising discovery awaited a group of archaeologists in the heart of a Guatemalan forest. During excavations in the Mirador-Calakmul region in the north of the country, the scientists dug up the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. According to them, it was built nearly 2,000 years ago and contained hundreds of buildings spread over several kilometers. The archaeologists found the foundations of numerous buildings and pyramids, the water tanks, and the canals that fed them.
The India Times explains that the discovery was made possible by a piece of bleeding-edge technology known as LiDAR. This radar-like detection method emits pulses of infrared light and then measures the return time after hitting nearby objects to create a map of the environment under study. The scientists were then able to sketch out the ruins of the ancient Mayan city, buried for centuries in the heart of this tropical forest.
Research and excavations will continue to determine more precisely how this city came to be and try to unravel its mysteries.