Using specialized technology archaeologists from a university in South Africa have found the ruins of an ancient lost city. This city is situated near Johannesburg and is said to be more than 500 years old.
It was discovered using something known as LIDAR technology. This is a method where laser beams are bounced off of natural vegetation and it allows archeologist to see through this vegetation and discover ruins. This was the same technology which was recently used to locate a long-lost Mayan city in South America. According to the team of archaeologists, this technology is extremely exciting because there could be hundreds of lost cities all around the world.
In this case, the city which was discovered is estimated to have been established during the 15th century and was still being used up to about 200 years ago. They estimate it to have been about 7 miles long and 2 miles wide. Due to the type of artifacts discovered they believe it was a place where many families of great wealth and social standing made their homes.
According to their research, they think that this area was populated by the Tswana speaking people and was made up of over 800 homesteads which housed around 10,000 people. Currently this team of archeologists are still excavating these ruins. They estimate that it will take at least another decade or two of field work to fully understand how this city developed, functioned and why it declined.