According to reports, NASA’s technology has helped pinpoint a 10,500-year-old lost ancient city, located beneath thick layers of the forest.
It is believed a Stone Age tribe once lived in the area and funnelled bison into narrow dead-end gullies before slaughtering them in a bloody frenzy.
Dubbed as Teledyne Optech Lidar, the device recreated a 3-D model of the surface including glass, bushes and trees.
It also has the ability to create a "bare-earth" version.
NASA has been incorporating lidar devices into missions dating as far back as the Apollo Program, and its work has helped advance the technology in ways that have paid off for many other applications.
Teledyne Optech, a company that has worked with NASA on multiple missions, designed the OSIRIS-Rex lidar as well as another used on the Phoenix lander that discovered snow precipitating in the Martian atmosphere in 2008.
The lidar imaging has 'been useful in delineating where we need to concentrate our efforts,' says archaeologist Lee Bement, who leads research in the Beaver River area.