Lidar helped researchers uncover ancient settlements in three valleys in Honduras inhabited by a little-known culture to the east of Mesoamerica. The region surrounding the valleys was later designated the Mosquitia Patrimonial Heritage Preserve.

Map of the Mosquitia Patrimonial Heritage Preserve
Jerome N. Cookson, NGM Staff; Amanda Hobbs
Sources: Christopher Begley, Transylvania University; Oscar Neil Cruz, Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History; Juan Carlos Fernández-Diaz, NCALM/University of Houston; Christopher T. Fisher, Colorado State University; UTL Productions