Nebraska Archaeologists Bring Ancient Mezoamerican City to Life with Futuristic Technology

To bring Ancient Copán to life, a team from University of Nebraska-Lincoln used a variety of technologies, including geospatial and 3-D mapping software, which gives the data collected on site a spatial reference point.  Airborne LiDAR, photogrammetry and laser scanning performed at the ruins allowed them to collect not just information on individual buildings and roadways, but entire landscapes. They were able to digitally peel away vegetation and reveal covered over surfaces as they would have appeared over a thousand years ago.  Article contains a short YouTube video of their virtual reality MayaCityBuilder rendering.

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