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Satellite Archaeology
Topic Started: Oct 22 2011, 09:02 PM (338 Views)
SacoHarry
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Just watched an amazing piece about an Egyptologist who is using infrared satellite imagery to reveal a wealth of never-before-known sites in Egypt -- pyramids, worker villages, even possibly one of the early (now missing) capitals.

Anyway, the tech works because the infrared light penetrates a few feet into the ground, and has accuracy down to about 1 foot.

With all the wealth of features/vici/etc. under the ground around Vindolanda (and the Wall in general), is anyone in the UK looking at satellite archaeology? It looks like a real game-changer.
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Here's a link to the Web site of the archaeologist featured, Dr. Sarah Parcak, University of Alabama at Birmingham, who runs the "Remote Sensing and Coring of Uncharted Egyptian Sites" project: http://www.uab.edu/history-anthropology/faclist/87-anthropology/23-ant-parcak
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Can imagine a Feb filming wouldn't be ideal!

I also imagine that with the building & rebuilding at Vindolanda, infrared satellites would be hopelessly confused! Still, it makes me wonder if it's a more efficient (cheaper) way of quickly determining, say, the extent of "urban sprawl" from fort sites. Or perhaps for finding the "missing" Stanegate east of Vindolanda -- or the fortlets that your grandfather hypothesized on but haven't been discovered yet.

It's neat to think of it anyway.
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