Archaeologists Use Spy Satellites To Discover Ancient Human Settlements

Archaeologists Use Spy Satellites To Discover Ancient Human Settlements
technology

This approach has already helped map some 14,000 settlement sites spanning over eight millennia in 23,000 square kilometers of Northeast Syria

Lamya Hussain
  • 27 march 2012

 

Archaeologists have developed a method of tracking human settlements using spy-satellite photos. This unique tool is revolutionizing traditional site excavation whereby archeologists are no longer on the hunt for ancient civilizations on foot.  In using photos from the 60s, digital maps and contemporary multi-spectral images of the planets surface archaeologists are unraveling history digitally. The approach has already helped map some 14,000 settlement sites spanning over eight millennia in 23,000 square kilometers of Northeast Syria. Jason Ur, an archaeologist at Harvard University, and co-author of the study, told Nature :

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