SOURCE: UTL Scientific/UTL Productions

UTL Scientific/UTL Productions

UTL Scientific/UTL Productions

May 01, 2013 17:09 ET

LiDAR Survey Analysis Reveals Presence of Two Ancient Cities in the Mosquitia Region of Honduras

Project Filmed by UTL Productions Is Subject of Current New Yorker Magazine Article; Government of Honduras Creates Patrimonial Heritage Preserve Based on Findings; Ground Expedition Planned for Late 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - May 1, 2013) - Analysis of the data accrued through the first-ever airborne light detection and ranging ("LiDAR") imaging survey of previously-uncharted areas of the Mosquitia jungle has resulted in significant new archaeological and topographical discoveries. The 11-person scientific team consists of archaeologists, geographers, anthropologists, geologists, geodesists, and LiDAR geographical information systems specialists. The project was undertaken by UTL Scientific LLC and the Honduran government in April/May 2012. The survey expedition is the subject of a May 6 New Yorker magazine article by best-selling author and journalist Douglas Preston. (

UTL principals Bill Benenson, noted documentary filmmaker who underwrote the costs of the expedition Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and project leader Steve Elkins, and executive producer Garry Spire, are planning a documentary film on the project through their UTL Productions.

Based on the survey's findings, the government of Honduras created the Mosquitia Patrimonial Heritage Preserve to protect the discoveries. In March, at a special ceremony in Honduras with President Porfirio Lobo, his Cabinet and several members of the UTL team, it was announced that a ground expedition to the area is being planned for late 2013/early 2014.

The Mosquitia region is known for its arduous terrain, dense jungle, and the legend of the lost city of Ciudad Blanca. The LiDAR data will be helping to unveil what really lies underneath the jungle canopy.

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