Lidar technologies unveil the past of tropical forests
Recent breakthroughs in archaeological science are inspiring a widespread re-appraisal of the dynamic relationship between humans and tropical forest environments throughout prehistory. Often seen as pristine, wild and inhospitable places, recent work suggests that we have underestimated the scale and intensity of human impacts globally in these regions. The EU-funded archaeoscape.ai project aims to study rainforest landscapes in Southeast Asia, by using a new generation of lidar technology, which can detect former traces of human activities on the earth's surface. Based on this technology, the project will create comparable datasets of human impacts, to better understand trajectories of innovation and complexity in the tropics from the past to the present.
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