TITLE

Google your way to a lost city of gold

PUB. DATE
May 2013
SOURCE
Daily Mail;5/17/2013, p22
SOURCE TYPE
Newspaper
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
INDIANA JONES did it with a leather whip and a fedora hat, but modern temple-hunters have a more hightech way of uncovering lost cities. Thanks to 3D mapping — also used by Google Earth — archaeologists believe they have found the legendary metropolis of Ciudad Blanca deep in the La Mosquitia rainforests of Honduras. Last year, researchers spent a week flying over a 60 square mile area and used a £1 million scanning system to fire 'laser pulses' at the earth to create an accurate map. These images were then digitally filtered to remove vegetation, allowing analysts to pierce the tree canopy and produce 'digital elevation models' of the terrain to be examined for man-made structures. Christopher Fisher, of Colorado State University, has confirmed the ruins of an 'advanced metropolis' which may date back to 500AD. He believes it could be the lost city of Ciudad Blanca — a city rumoured to be paved with gold. The city's location will be kept a secret to deter looters. If Indiana Jones were templehunting today, he'd be doing it with 3D maps rather than ancient notebooks.
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