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Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Science |

Discover ancient lost city in Cambodia with laser technology

Discover ancient lost city in Cambodia with laser technology

(C) Nick Moir / nickmoirphoto.com

Lidar technology (“Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging ‘) involves determining distances using laser pulses in a manner similar to the radar, determining the distance to an object or surface by measuring the time delay between the initial pulse and its reflection.

With this technology mounted on aircraft that crossed uncharted areas of to observe the terrain under the foliage of the forest, a team of archaeologists managed to find a lost city for over a millennium in the middle of the Cambodian jungle Mahendraparvata call.

One of the team members, Damian Evans of the University of Sydney, recounted his experience revealing that “with these instruments, bang! Suddenly we saw the image of a city that no one knew existed, which is remarkable.

Mahendraparvata interesting thing is that would be the oldest city in Cambodia, preceding by a few centuries to the legendary and beautiful Angkor Wat , the largest religious monument in the world, so based on the fact that only revealed a small portion of the city, who knows what archaeologists can find now, especially if used LIDAR little explored elsewhere.

Discover ancient lost city in Cambodia with laser technology image 2

(C) Nick Moir / nickmoirphoto.com

Link: Airborne Laser Scans Just Uncovered at City Lost for a Millenium (Gizmodo)

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