With the guidance of local archeologists, the GEO1 team ventured into the Colombian rainforest to search for traces of undiscovered settlements. We started by mapping ‘Ciudad Perdida,’ an existing archaeological site in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada.
Chasing the theory that Ciudad Perdida was only a fraction of a larger network of settlements, GEO1 planned flight paths to scan the valley around the site. With our lidar cutting through dense vegetation, archeological experts could search the slopes for evidence of ancient human settlement — a process that would otherwise take years, if not decades, to complete on foot. With our data, archeologists discovered six sites of early human settlements!
The monumental discovery of ruins around Ciudad Perdida offers experts the opportunity to learn more about Colombia’s indigenous history, including how communities lived and changed, and the influence the Spanish conquest had on life in the mountains.