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GIS team
Sharing New Technology to Uncover the Past

Three members of Tulane's anthropology department—Marcello Canuto, Professor and M.A.R.I. Director, Luke Auld-Thomas, PhD candidate, and Francisco Estrada-Belli, Research Assistant Professor—discuss the recent expansion of their Geographic Information Systems Technology Lab (GISLAB), which has become a hub for worldwide collaboration in anthropological technology advancement.

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Holmul Frieze
In Guatemala, the Maya world untouched for centuries

Archaeologists are using lidar technology to explore sites like Holmul, El Zotz, and Tikal in new ways.

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Warfare Mural
Ancient Maya practiced 'total war' well before climate stress

Samples of lake sediment points to acts of violence in the Classic Maya world before severe droughts became a problem.

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Lake Sediment Sampling
Las guerras no causaron el colapso de la civilización maya

Una investigación multidisciplinaria realizada en sitio de Witzna, reveló que los mayas sostenían guerras a gran escala entre ciudades, posiblemente con fines de dominio económico.

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Earlier News Stories


Burning of Maya City Said to Be Act of Total Warfare (New York Times, 8/5/2019)


Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle (National Geographic, 2/1/2018)

Lasers Reveal a Maya Civilization So Dense It Blew Experts’ Minds (New York Times, 2/3/2018)

Maya-Stätte: Vogelperspektive - aber ohne Bäume (Bird's eye view - but without trees) (Spiegel, 2/5/2018)

Unprecedented study confirms massive scale of lowland Maya civilization (Tulane News, 9/28/2018)


Secret Mayan tombs lend rare insight into rule of mysterious 'snake kings' (The Guardian, 10/14/2016)


Giant Maya Carvings Found in Guatemala (National Geographic, 8/7/2013)