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Drones help to map ancient sites in Peru


Posted on Wednesday, 28 August, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments

The ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. Image Credit: Allard Schmidt
Archaeologists in Peru are using unmanned military drones to aid in their efforts to map ancient ruins.
Home to the world famous Machu Picchu, Peru's treasure trove of several thousand archaeological sites has made it a top tourist destination for visitors from all over the world. In recent years however some of these sites have come under threat from opportunistic miners, prompting authorities to come up with new ways to monitor and protect the country's ancient heritage.

Typically used for military strikes and surveillance, drones have turned out to be an ideal solution to help establish boundaries and to protect these sites from squatters and miners.

Their three-dimensional mapping capabilities have also been able to provide archaeologists with new information about both existing locations and sites that have yet to be excavated.

"With this technology, I was able to do in a few days what had taken me years to do," said archaeologist Luis Jaime Castillo. "We have always wanted to have a bird's-eye view of where we are working."

Source: Reuters | Comments (5)

Tags: Peru, Inca, Machu Picchu


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ancient astronaut on 28 August, 2013, 13:53
Not a bad idea.
Comment icon #2 Posted by ash68 on 28 August, 2013, 18:25
Makes good sense but I bet the military are mapping at the same time
Comment icon #3 Posted by brlesq1 on 28 August, 2013, 19:10
About time those drones did something useful. But I do wonder what the military plans to do with the information.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Professor T on 29 August, 2013, 3:53
of course.. military drones are good and peaceful protectors of heritage.. Don't believe the bad press, the killings, the orphans.. accept them into every corner of the globe.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Kludge808 on 30 August, 2013, 21:50
Ahhh, but will they prove once and for all that they were made by Angry Ants ... or whatever AA stands for?


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