The further we go into the future, the more we learn about the past. It seems a bit ironic but it’s true. When I was a kid, all of the kids loved dinosaurs, which hasn’t changed a bit, but we knew maybe 6 or 7 kinds – T Rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Pterodactyl and maybe two or three others, because that’s all anybody knew. As far as we knew, that’s all there were. Now, kids learn about dozens of kinds.
In the news today, archaeologists have discovered an amazing bunch of ancient Mayan ruins. Now, we knew that there was some kind of ancient civilization there, because of the pyramids, and we know they fell from power before Columbus arrived, and it must have been several generations before, because none of the locals knew anything, but we never knew the extent of their civilization, or why it collapsed (I’m guessing giant volcano, but maybe just because that would make a much better movie than an epidemic or a drought).
Maybe now we’ll find out. Using laser technology to map the region from the air, suddenly all sorts of things started to leap out. Palaces, pyramids, irrigation systems, and walled cities linked by elevated roadways. Scientists think the region had a population of over 10 million people. It sounds very much as if it was at least the equivalent of Rome.
The further we go into the future, the clearer we see the past, and the true hero of this story is the laser technology. What will they discover next?