Geological exploration, carried out with the help of lidars in Mexico, allowed to identify more than two thousand archaeological sites that have survived since pre-Spanish times. The finds, as indicated on the website of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), were made in the municipality of Candelaria (Campeche).
First the scientists studied the area from the air, and then analyzed the territory by radar scanning, revealing a lot of anomalies in the soil. As a result, the researchers determined the exact coordinates of a huge number of archaeological sites that have been buried in the ground since the time of pre-Spanish civilizations.
“We divided the area under study into two zones. In the first 223-km zone, which stretches from Palenke to Eskarsega, 553 objects have been identified so far. In particular, monumental complexes of the pre-Spanish period – pyramidal structures, residential and public buildings, barrows, etc. – were discovered here. The second zone is 234 kilometers long and stretches from Escarceg to Calchini. This area has already been studied almost one hundred percent – here we have identified 1634 archaeological sites. Most of them were documented for the first time, but there are also objects about the existence of which we already knew,” – say representatives of the interdisciplinary research group.