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Mayans were country bumpkins ZdS#26

featuring "Passé sauvage" - Series : Zeste de science

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  00:05:41  2019  HD 16/9  Color  Sound

The Youtube channel Zeste de science explores all aspects of scientific research, proving that even the most complicated scientific facts can be explained in less than 5 minutes, and that even the most seemingly trivial events of everyday life, if thoroughly studied, can contribute to the biggest technological advances.
Episode 26: In 2018, an international partnership of scientists began mapping the ground surface in the Mayan area over 2000 square kilometres using light detection and ranging technology (LIDAR). LIDAR is an imaging technology that probes the terrain micro-reliefs using a laser sensor on board an aircraft or a drone.
More specifically, a Franco-Guatemalan team studied the digital terrain models from the Naatchtun site. Researchers thus identified many previously unknown remains, which testify to a high population density throughout the area, as well as intensive agricultural land use and an extensive road network. These discoveries contradict the vision of classical archaeology and thereby offer a new vision of Mayan society.

Producer : CNRS Images
Chief editor : BAKER Nicolas (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Director : GOMBERT Christophe (CNRS Images, UPS CNRS, Meudon)
Scientific referent : CASTANET CyrilNONDEDEO Philippe
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation de vues aériennes, de cartes satellites, de photographies, d'animations et de modélisations.
Interventions en son direct. Musiques et habillages sonores.
PersonnalitiesCHAMUSSY Clothilde
NotesÉpisode présenté en collaboration avec Clothilde Chamussy de la chaîne YouTube Passé sauvage. A voir pour compléter le sujet :

Source et validation scientifique :
Cyril Castanet (LGP) & Philippe Nondédéo (ARCHAM)

LGP : Laboratoire de Géographie Physique (INEE)
ARCHAM : Archéologie des Amériques (INSHS)


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Guatemala ; Mexico ; Belize

Technical Sheet
Item No.6737
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD
LaboratoryUMR8591 ; UMR8096
Delivery supportDigitalised File