Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Scanning antiquity underfoot

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: Scanning antiquity underfoot (ScienceBlog). New technology to discover archaeological sites in Israel and elsewhere:
Reported recently in the journal Advances of Geosciences, Prof. Eppelbaum’s new tool gathers data from a number of sources — including radio transmitters used to communicate with nuclear submarines and detailed magnetic field observations — and applies an original algorithmic approach to the measurements to make sense of what lies below the earth’s surface at depths of up to several dozen yards. His tool can help people “see” meaningful objects, artefacts or civilizations — – and lay them out in a four-dimensional chart.