Space archaeologist unlocks secrets of ancient civilizations
I can finally get back to archaeology on this one. I talk a lot about using remote sensing in archaeology. I really believe in the power of remote sensing to do right for the archaeology. A lot of the worlds archaeology is at risk and remote sensing can assist in finding and protecting these locations.
The numbers of tombs and pyramids that this research has found is staggering. When we think about how long it would have taken to complete a pedestrian survey of the same area we can definitely see the benefits. I think that a lot of people have a hard time with the idea that remote sensing will eliminate pedestrian surveys and the jobs that revolve around it. I do no think that this is the case. Behind all of these great remote sensing projects are ground truthing components that validate the variables used to find the resources. And remote sensing is certainly not in a position to provide the details that are needed to record the resources.
What I would like to see is more regional projects. Having the data available to archaeologists around the globe will help both non-profit and for-profit archaeological organizations.