Anthropology Prof Published in Science

By IC News staff, October 1, 2018
Thomas Garrison describes technology used to uncover Maya ruins
A 3-D scan of an archeological site in Tikal, Guatemala

Thomas Garrison and his coauthors used light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology to produce scans of archeological sites in Tikal, Guatemala, revealing previously undiscovered structures.  

(Photo courtesy of the American Association for the Advancement of Science)

Thomas Garrison, professor of anthropology, was one of three lead authors of a paper published this week by the prestigious journal Science. Along with coauthors from Tulane and Brown universities, and 15 other collaborators from institutions in the U.S., Central America and Europe, Garrison wrote about the use of cutting-edge technology to reveal the massive size of the lowland Maya civilization in Guatemala. The New York Times reported on the discovery in its article, “Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map.”  

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