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Drone Helps Blue J Archaeologists

Drone Helps Blue J Archaeologists

This ancient village named Blue J, which is over 1,000 years old, was identified by archaeologists in 1970. The vegetation masks the ruins of Blue J and it is buried in eroded sandstone caused by the blowing of sand from the cliffs present near it. Excavations have been conducted through time and these ancient structures have been studied to a limited extent, primarily because there has been very restricted access to the site.

The Camera Borne Drone

Recently a small drone was sent by archaeologists to peer under the surface of the Mexican desert floor. This small drone captured numerous thermal images that revealed structures which had never been seen before, of a Native American settlement.

In recent years, technological advancements have found different ways to make it possible to reach sites that are otherwise difficult to access. One of these is by sending drones fitted with cameras to fly over the difficult-to-access areas. Curious to find out what lies under the surface a small drone equipped with a camera was sent by a team of archaeologists to pick up infrared images of the site. 

Other Uses of Camera Equipped Drones

Archaeologists and other scientists who now want to study the Earth from the sky are increasingly showing a lot of interest in drones to be used as a research tool. The cost of unmanned vehicles is on the decline but the technology still has its teething problems and there are numerous legal hurdles to.

One of the reasons for the hesitation in using drones is that if the drone crashes, the damage can be quite extensive. There have been instances of the hardware coming loose while the drone was in the air or the software on the ground freezing up completely. Now however, to overcome these hurdles and to avoid the experiment being a complete waste, those who fly these drones always carry backup and replacements so their work can go on uninterrupted no matter what.

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