Archaeological Applications of Airborne LiDAR at the Maya Archaeological Site of El Palmar, Mexico
This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
Airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) survey has changed our perspectives on ancient Maya urbanism. In 2017, we conducted airborne lidar mapping at the Classic Maya city of El Palmar, located in southeastern Campeche, Mexico, covering a total area of 94 km2. Results show monumental architecture, possible marketplaces, causeways, vast intensive agricultural lands (raised fields), and terraces. These were verified in the field, during the summer of 2018, confirming these were not LiDAR’s "raster artifacts", rather urban features. In addition, we also detected chert lithic workshops and two new stelae. Both textual and material data suggest that the El Palmar dynasty had broad social, political, and economic networks with other dynasties during the Classic period (AD 400-820).
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Archaeological Applications of Airborne LiDAR at the Maya Archaeological Site of El Palmar, Mexico. Kenichiro Tsukamoto, Javier López Camacho, Luz Evelia Campaña Valenzuela, Xanti Ceballos Pesina. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449297)
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