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Ancient city of 60,000 structures discovered under Guatemala Petén Jungle

Guatemala — Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered an ancient Mayan city that they say contains around 60,000 structures.

The discovery was made with the use of LiDAR laser technology to disseminate ancient Mayan cities in Central America. Marcello Canuto and Francisco Estrada-Belli were the researchers who announced there are dozens of underground Mayan cities in the Petén jungle.

The LiDAr laser technology penetrates the forest floor to allow an optical vision of what lies beneath.

This technique, called Ligth Detection And Ranging, has reveled, for the first time, dozens of ancient Mayan cities in the Petén jungle, allowing researchers to get a better feel for the urbanism, agriculture and the war of that civilization.

Experts discovered in the areas of El Zotz, La Corona-Achiotal, Holmul, Naachtum, Uaxactun, Xultun-San Bartolo, Tikal, El Perú-Waka and El Tintal, unknown urban centers with “large squares and pyramids” that took years of construction taking into account traditional methods.

“Large squares and pyramids, as well as terraces and fields of crops with irrigation canals, waterways, fortified sites and large causeways reveal modifications to the natural landscape made by the Maya on a scale previously unimaginable,” explained Estrada-Belli.

The advances found so far will be announced for the first time in the documentary Lost Treasures of the Mayans, a special report that will air February 11 on National Geographic.