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NASA find remains of a 10,500-year-old lost ancient city hidden beneath the forest

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NASA find remains of a 10,500-year-old lost ancient city hidden beneath the forest

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While NASA is known for exploring our solar system and space in general, the space agency is also very thorough when it comes to planet Earth, as satellite images and observations from space have helped archaeologists around the globe to make groundbreaking discoveries. According to reports, NASA’s technology has helped pinpoint a 10,500-year-old lost ancient city, located beneath thick layers of the forest.

Now, the space agency has helped find the remains of a lost city believed to have been inhabited by ancient Native Americans.

With the help of laser-based “remote-sensing equipment,” scientists were able to zoom onto the ancient site located in Oklahoma, finding what they believe is a 10,500-year-old settlement hidden deep beneath the forest.

Experts believe that this ancient city was inhabited by hunter-gatherers who lived in the area and funneled bison into narrow dead-end gullies before hunting them down.

The ruins of the ancient city were found in the vicinity of the Beaver River in western Oklahoma thanks to LIDAR technology.

Called Teledyne Optech Lidar, the device is able to recreate a 3-D model of the surface including grass, bushes, and trees, but it also has the ability to create a ‘bare-earth’ version, removing obstacles and offering scientists with a clear view of the surface.

Consequently, this allows scientists to ‘see structures or features that were so overgrown that they wouldn’t be obvious at all to someone on the ground,’ says Paul LaRoque, vice president of special projects at Teledyne Optech.

According to reports, this groundbreaking laser-based remote sensing equipment has allowed experts to peer through thick layers of forest offering a clear view of the fossils and bones hidden below the surface.

This technology has been made possible thanks to the development of the equipment used by scientists looking at alien planets, moons, and asteroids. NASA has been incorporating LIDAR devices into missions dating as far back as the Apollo Program.

Archaeologist Lee Bement said that NASA’s sophisticated tools have “been useful in delineating where we need to concentrate our efforts.” “It saved us a lot of time and effort.”

“You’ll never find bison bones with airborne LIDAR, but you can find the geological features that suggest a place to look,” said Meg Watters, a remote sensing expert.

Interestingly, LIDAR technology has helped make several groundbreaking discoveries in the recent past. The technology has helped archaeologists pinpoint the historical site of the legendary lost ‘White City –Ciudad Blanca’ in Honduras.

11 Comments
  • myouther

    Is this site in Connecticut or Oklahoma? The article says both.

    • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

      After your query I re-read the article….and then again and I didn’t see Connecticut anywhere in the story. I did find two Oklahoma’s, a Honduras, a Katharine Johnson….and a Beaver, uh, river. Here at work there are some attributes of websites that are not allowed to be shown so if there is a flash movie or something embedded, I cannot see it.

      • myouther

        They have obviously fixed the problem. This morning the first reference to the “ancient site” said it was located in Oklahoma, and then said it was “found in the vicinity of the Beaver River in western Oklahoma”. I am not insane. I know what I read.

        • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

          Sorry my friend, I didn’t say you were insane.

          • myouther

            Sorry, I did not take it that way. I was just being dramatic.

          • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

            I was just being tongue-in-cheek, is all.

  • Gimp Rider of a Blow Up Pony

    Nice article.
    Now waiting for the NASA haters to enter and rant “lies! More NASA lies!”
    Lol.

    • Savatage64 (Always Deplorable)

      Let me be the first to maybe say that. What I don’t get is the statement about seeing bones and fossils under the surface…sure, strip the trees and vegetation to get to bare earth…but something buried underground…as small as bones and heh heh, fossils.
      Yeah, fossils are by definition ROCK and therefore would show up as nothing but ROCK.
      I don’t hate NASA either…I live a mere 40 minutes from Cape Canaveral/Kennedy Space Center and I order their space calendars every year online. (The pictures are outstanding!)

      • Gimp Rider of a Blow Up Pony

        I would sell my man bits for one of their space calendars!

        Re bones n fossils. Methinks it was an error and should really be bones. Not enough time for fossils to have been formed in this time frame.

        …..hmmm…. maybe just lease out my man bits…

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