Satellites unearthing ancient Egyptian ruins

From CNN: Satellites unearthing ancient Egyptian ruins.

Archaeologists believe they have unearthed only a small fraction of Egypt’s ancient ruins, but they’re making new discoveries with help from high-tech allies — satellites that peer into the past from the distance of space.

"Everyone’s becoming more aware of this technology and what it can do," said Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist who heads the Laboratory for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "There is so much to learn."

Images from space have been around for decades. Yet only in the past decade or so has the resolution of images from commercial satellites sharpened enough to be of much use to archaeologists. Today, scientists can use them to locate ruins — some no bigger than a small living room — in some of the most remote and forbidding places on the planet. [continue].

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  1. When I was a child, I lived on a 50-acre farm in Connecticut. -The farm was broken up into different-sized fields, bounded by the stone walls created as earlier farmers had cleared the land. By the time I lived there, the farm land in use had shrunk to an acre or so and the rest had returned to the wild. I could tell, going from field to field, what it had been used for, by the pattern of regrowth and the type of plant (or trees) that had established themselves, and with fair accuracy, how recently that patch had been left to go back to nature. The most exciting part was finding an old well, the outlines of a Native American structure and a bunch of arrowheads and potsherds. I wonder what a satellite image would have disclosed that I couldn’t see from the ground.

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