Utilizing a helicopter-based lidar mapping tool, a worldwide team of researchers led by University of Exeter archaeologists has found a network of mound villages in the south-eastern part of Acre State, Brazil, dating back to 1300-1700 CE.
Information of a circular mound village called Dona Maria with ‘twin’ town. Image credit: Iriarte et al
“ Lidar offers a new chance to locate and document earthen websites in forested parts of Amazonia identified by thick plants,” said Teacher Jose Iriarte, an archaeologist and archaeobotanist at the University of Exeter.
” It can likewise document the tiniest surficial earthen features in the recently opened pasture locations.”
Teacher Iriarte and his coworkers used a lidar sensor incorporated into an MD 500 helicopter to record architectural functions listed below the forest canopy, revealing a more intricate and spatially organised landscape than formerly thought.
They documented over 35 ancient mound villages and lots of roads, with many more anticipated to still be concealed below the undiscovered jungle.
The villages were made up of 3 to 32 mounds arranged in a circle, the size of which ranged from 40 m to 153 m with th