For the last two years, archeologists and historians have been saying that a plan to build a 1.8-mile tunnel that goes underneath Stonehenge could have potentially disastrous effects on the surrounding areas and ruin efforts to uncover more evidence about the region’s ancestors. Today, it seems, they might have been onto something. People like archeologist David Jacques have been opposed to the construction of the underground tunnel, which would be accessible from inside the popular landmark, from the get-go, arguing that it could interfere with work being done at Blick Mead, an archeological site about 1.5 miles from Stonehenge. Now, Jacques accuses construction workers of digging a 10-foot deep hole through a platform “made of flint and animal bone around 4,000 BCE,” according to TIME. Jacques, who is the lead archeologist at Blick Mead, tells the BBC he was not consulted before engineers started digging and calls it “a travesty.” The ancient platform … [Read more...] about There’s Archeological Drama Brewing at Stonehenge
Nordic Games brings us what appears to be an Indiana Jones-esque first-person globe-trotting experience called Deadfall Adventures. Also involved: shooting and explosions aplenty. In Deadfall, you play as Quatermain, an adventurer from 1938, whose job is to escort and guard Jennifer Goodwin, a US secret agent in search of an ancient artifact, The Heart of Atlantis. Together, they journey "across stormy deserts of Egypt to the icy depths of the Arctic and all the way to the steaming jungles of Guatemala," all the while keeping ahead of two other factions trying to get their hands on the artifact—you can probably guess by this point that these are the Nazis and the Russians. Here's what the game looks like in motion. Developers The Farm 51, the Polish group behind NecroVision and Painkiller: Hell & Damnation, built Deadfall using Unreal Engine 3, the same engine powering the Borderlands games, DMC, and the new Thief. They hope to deliver "one of the most jaw-dropping spectacles … [Read more...] about It’s A Global Archeological Adventure. It’s Also an FPS.
Sarah Parcak has a great job title: She’s a space archeologist. That doesn’t mean she’s combing Mars looking for buried alien superstructures. In a new profile, Wired explains her method, which involves satellites: Parcak gets most of her imagery from DigitalGlobe, a vendor of high resolution satellite images. She can zoom in on specific chunks of land, then process the images to examine portions of the electromagnetic spectrum the human eye can’t see. While humans process only visible light, much of Parcak’s work deals in the near infrared and short-wave infrared. Looking at this portion of the spectrum allows Parcak to tease out detail that would otherwise go unnoticed. “An architectural structure buried underground can stunt the growth of the flora above it, creating a dead zone—invisible to the naked eye, but detectable in short wave infrared images—in the shape of the underlying infrastructure,” Wired explains. Hence, she … [Read more...] about Hey, Let’s All Do Some Space Archeology!
The Dead Sea Scrolls have made their way online some 2,000 years after they were written through a partnership between Google and Israel’s national museum. The important documents are available in searchable, high-resolution images, accompanied by informative videos, background information, and historical data. So far five of the scrolls have been digitized, including the biblical Book of Isaiah, the Temple Scroll, and three others. Managing Director of Google’s R&D Center in Israel, Professor Yossi Matias said they plan to add additional Dead Sea Scroll documents to the site in the future. The AP says nearly all the scrolls will be online by 2016. While smaller selections of the scrolls are owned by private collections and organizations, the Israel Museum owns the most complete scrolls. These documents are housed in a secured building in Jerusalem called the Shrine of the Book, which requires three keys to enter. “[The scrolls] are of paramount … [Read more...] about Google, Israel Museum Put Dead Sea Scrolls Online
Drones are already playing a part in helping search and rescue teams assess areas that are dangerous for humans to enter. But researchers at UC Santa Barbara believe they can be made even more useful by allowing them to see through solid walls. You'd expect such a feat to require some form of new tech, but that's not the case. UC Santa Barbara professor Yasamin Mostofi's lab managed to demonstrate how two drones working together using wireless signals and clever software can 3D map hidden objects. As the video below demonstrates, the two drones are equipped with the necessary hardware to send and receive wireless signals. They fly either side of the hidden object with one drone transmitting wirelessly to the other through the visual obstruction, in this case brick walls. The key to identifying the object inside is the received signal strength indicator (RSSI), which is a measurement of the power present in the signal one of the drones is receiving from the other. Software developed by … [Read more...] about Drones Use Wi-Fi to 3D Map Hidden Objects