Lost Limbs Foundation

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lidar Scanning is catching on

Lidar Scanning is changing how archeologist view an ancient city

Interest in lidar (scanning) for archaeological research was only catalyzed in 2010, when husband-and-wife team Arlen and Diane Chase from the University of Central Florida used it to uncover a vast swath of ruins at Caracol, the ancient Mayan city just outside Belize. The Chases collected more topographical data in 10 hours of lidar scans than countless ground expeditions had yielded over almost three decades of hacking through the jungle with machetes: between 1983 and 2000, archeologists had mapped around 7.7 square miles of the Caracol site. With lidar, the Chases mapped 77 square miles in one day. Read more on Lidar technology here.