2018-09-28 02:39:01 UTC
The 2016 scans of Guatemala have been published, and evidence of a
complex, interconnected series of settlements has been compiled.
Combing through the scans, Acuña and her colleagues, an international
18-strong scientific team, tallied 61,480 structures. These included: 60
miles of causeways, roads and canals that connected cities; large maize
farms; houses large and small; and, surprisingly, defensive
fortifications that suggest the Maya came under attack from the west of
³We were all humbled,² said Tulane University anthropologist Marcello
Canuto, the study¹s lead author. ³All of us saw things we had walked
over and we realized, oh wow, we totally missed that.²
Beneath the thick jungle, ruins appeared. Lots and lots of them.
Extrapolated over the 36,700 square miles, which encompasses the total
Maya lowland region, the authors estimate the Maya built as many as 2.7
million structures. These would have supported 7 million to 11 million
people during the Classic Period of Maya civilization, around the years
650 to 800, in line with other Maya population estimates.
³We¹ve been working in this area for over a century,² Canuto said. ³It¹s
not terra incognita, but we didn¹t have a good appreciation for what was