Detection of Water Management Systems Using LiDAR at Las Abejas, Belize

Author(s): Manda Adam; Zachary Stanyard; Fred Valdez

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

In 2016, the PfBAP (Programme for Belize Archeological Project) employed airborne LiDAR (light detection and ranging) remote sensing technology to map the project area in northwestern Belize. The PfBAP has used LiDAR data to detect and analyze anthropogenic modifications created by the ancient Maya. With this data in hand, we have generated a map with which to locate and ground-truth such anthropogenic modifications. Using this map as a guide, we have identified potential areas for excavation, and have begun to enrich our understanding of how ancient peoples molded and modified their environments. This poster explores the detection of water management features on the landscape that have been identified using LiDAR data. Here the ancient Maya site of Las Abejas serves as a case study to develop and demonstrate methods of detecting water management systems.

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Detection of Water Management Systems Using LiDAR at Las Abejas, Belize. Manda Adam, Zachary Stanyard, Fred Valdez. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450194)

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Abstract Id(s): 25302