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It’s impressive recognition for an archaeologist still early in his career, and it all started at Conn. Garrison, an anthropology major and scholar in the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, first visited the Maya region as a junior. He studied abroad in Mexico, completing an independent study project in Chiapas using a collection of Maya artifacts excavated in the 1950s. He then used CISLA funding to travel to Belize to participate in his first archeological dig.
日本一本道a不卡免费“I was pretty much hooked on this career, so my adviser, [the late Professor of Anthropology] Harold Juli, counseled me and pointed me in the right direction.”
日本一本道a不卡免费Garrison used money he received as graduation gifts to travel to Honduras to participate in a dig that was run by Harvard professors, which, he says, “opened the door for me to go to Harvard.”
日本一本道a不卡免费He was accepted as a Ph.D. candidate in Harvard’s anthropology program and, before he even took his first class, joined a team that would soon unearth a Maya mural. The significant discovery drew the attention of NASA, and Garrison had the opportunity to work with satellite imagery, setting him on a course to specialize in the application of digital technologies to the archaeological record.
“I’ve had a lot of things go my way,” says Garrison.
AMONG THE NEW RUINS revealed by the LiDAR data is the illusive El Zotz fortress. It’s one of a series of defensive structures that has Garrison and his colleagues rethinking the role of warfare in the development of the Maya Empire.
日本一本道a不卡免费“We knew the Maya practiced warfare, but we hadn’t seen much in the way of defensive infrastructure,” Garrison says. “Now, it appears conflict may have been a lot more important to the emergence and development of Maya cities than we thought.”
While Garrison is planning to excavate the El Zotz fortress, the success of the LiDAR project has him thinking about other applications for the technology, too.
“I’d love to go to Brazil, for example, and take a look at the Amazon,” he says. “What’s under those trees?”
日本一本道a不卡免费Garrison is also keenly aware that what is of no use to him and his colleagues—the 92 percent of LiDAR data that maps the rainforest—is a treasure trove of information for botanists, environmental scientists and those working to combat illegal deforestation.
日本一本道a不卡免费“It has huge implications for understanding tropical forest environments,” he says.
日本一本道a不卡免费Despite all that Garrison and his team have already learned, there is still much for researchers to analyze and thousands of new sites to excavate. The discoveries, Garrison says, have only begun.
“This data will provide a hundred years of work for many scientists.”