October 11, 2019
The Maya of Belize acted to limit population and environmental pressures by creating massive agricultural features, burn events and farming to increase atmospheric CO2 and methane. Researchers found that the Bird of Paradise wet fieled complex was five times larger than thought. Using Lidar to map the ground, the researchers saw the huge fields and canals that the Maya built to ward off the effects of rising sea levels and drought.
The Maya converted forests to wetland field complexes and canals to manage water quality and quantity.
The research is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Archaeology News Network has the report here;
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