Geometry by Design: Contribution of Lidar to the Understanding of Settlement Patterns of the Mound Villages in SW Amazonia

The Journal of Computer Applications I Archaeology (JCAA) published a case study authored by Jose Iriarte, Mark Robinson, Jonas de Souza, Antonia Damasceno, Franciele da Silva, Francisco Nakahara, Alceu Ranzi and Luiz Arageo. Research shows that the southern rim of Amazonia was inhabited by societies during the Late Holocene. The scale, timing, and intensity of human settlement in this region remain unknown due to an absence in archaeological work and difficulties associated with research in tropical forest environments. An example of this inhabitation are the newly discovered Mound Villages (AD ~1000–1650) in the SE portion of Acre State, Brazil.

Recent pioneering work on the Mound Villages have been focused on the excavation of single mounds within sites and have not had considerable concern for the architectural layout and regional settlement patterns. This has prevented further understanding into how these societies were organized at a regional level. This case study addresses the unknowns of human settlement in the southern rim of Amazonia, conducting the first LiDAR survey with a RIEGL VUX-1 UAV sensor integrated into an MD 500 helicopter.

Click below to get an insight on the astounding new data presented, contributing to a further understanding of the human settlement patterns in the Mound Villages.

Geometry by Design: Contribution of Lidar to the Understanding of Settlement Patterns of the Mound Villages in SW Amazonia

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RIEGL has been producing LiDAR systems commercially and focuses on pulsed time-of-flight laser radar technology in multiple wavelengths.

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