Article: Lasers reveal Maya war ruins

“ARCHAEOLOGISTS GUIDED BY laser images of a remote region of northern Guatemala have discovered 20-foot-high walls, watchtowers, and other evidence that ancient Maya societies waged large-scale warfare over many years. The finds have upended long-established impressions of a civilization that tamed the jungle and built thriving cities, then declined and disappeared beneath the dense tropical forest.”

This RLE is based on whether or not knowledge claims always involve trust. Trust has a number of different aspects in this RLE:

  • A lack of trust in earlier beliefs about the Mayans may have led researchers to search for new information and use new techniques
  • How the knowledge framework in this AOK is linked to trust
  • Whether or not other researcher who have conflicting views about the Mayans will trust and accept this new research