Que Linda Vista! The first glance at LiDAR from Northwestern Belize.


In this paper, we offer a first look at the results of a LiDAR survey of northwestern Belize performed by the National Center for Aerial Laser Mapping in July, 2016. Three survey blocks were defined – one centered on the site of Xnoha near the Mexican border and another along the Rio Hondo corridor from near its headwaters to Chetumal Bay. The third and largest, covers the sites of La Milpa and Blue Creek as well as numerous ditched agricultural areas. At the time of submission, only the first was available to us and will be the focus of this discussion. In this 40 sq. mile area, we clarified the relationships among known known sites such as Xnoha, Grey Fox and Nojol Nah. We also discovered 2 new plaza-pyramid complexes and enigmatic linear and rectangular features which may relate to land tenure in the Classic period.

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Que Linda Vista! The first glance at LiDAR from Northwestern Belize.. Thomas Guderjan, Sara Eshleman, Justin Telepak, Samantha Krause, Timothy Beach. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428865)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15537