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Drone used for Archaeology in Peru

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posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 09:47 AM
Well, we better get used to it, they are everywhere now. It's confusing to talk about a drone in this forum.

According to the head of the research field, Rember Martínez Baca, the tiny ship was modified by the archaeological team of the Ministry of Culture to fly over the area.

"It's a 'drone' modified by us, it flies over the structures and takes an approximately 10 pictures per second,".

He further explained that the job is to "control the final product in a three-dimensional reconstruction" of what is in the field. It is in this way that they can save twice the time.

The director of the project located within the sports complex of the Videna, Fernando Herrera Garcia said there are 13 graves found belonging to the Lima Culture (200-700 AD) and Yschma (1100-1400 AD), although two of them has not yet been determined origin.

Inside this link you can watch the drone in action (start at 02:08 of the video) :

"The Videna" is a national sport complex in Lima, the capital of Peru. Certainly it is for many, an unexpected place for such a found, but knowing the area I can tell you Peru is full of archaeological sites and believe it or not, many times people find ancient artifacts while building their houses.

Reading a previous article when they found the tombs, initially were reported only eleven, but according to the last information, they found 2 more :

(EFE). Eleven pre-Inca tombs belonging to the Lima culture (200-700 AD) and Yschma (1100-1400 AD) were located inside the Villa Deportiva Nacional (Videna) in the district of San Luis. The presentation was conducted by a team from the Ministry of Culture that the excavation work began last December.

Another reference about the use of drones :

The archaeological site is made ​​of adobe, a mixture of clay and sand that gives an earthy color to the entire building, and reveals some chambers containing characters inside mummified along with offerings such as ceramics and seeds.

Herrera said in an interview with EFE that was excavated approximately 40% of the Tupac Amaru huaca B and has used technology including aerial imagery.

"What we're doing now is working, take the aerial photo and we will see the projection wall and we follow (...) This has allowed us to know the projection wall, knowing where to go, where are the hits," he said.

In this other link, photos of the site :

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 09:49 AM
Well now, that is a sensible use of a Drone.

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 10:04 AM
The idea has actually been used for some time, including flying lasers.

It's a nice tool to catch more details of the surrounding and find some sites that can't just be seen from ground level.

My thread has some more info on the subject.

Flying Lasers Reveal Buried Historical Structures,

edit on 5-3-2013 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 10:10 AM
throw some ground penetrating radar on a drone and imagine all the discoveries that could be made.
This could be a cheap way to make new discoveries.

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 10:11 AM
Wow imagine that. Drone technology has so much potential, other than mounting guns on them and sending them to war. They are perfect for this type of thing. Imagine how much we could do with the technologies we have if we didn't just convert it all to war machines. But where's the money in that, right?

This is really good to see, and hopefully we'll begin to see more of it...hopefully.

Also, what a wonderful site that is.

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 10:19 AM
reply to post by Mianeye

Definitely a great tool for archaeologist, thanks for that link/video. The amount of time they save by using drones is very considerable and the precision of the 3D projections is remarkable.

I see no evil in drones, all depends of who is the man behind the remote control.

posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 04:15 PM
Guess you guys have never heard of LIDAR?

Old news...

posted on Mar, 6 2013 @ 02:48 AM

Originally posted by Schmidt1989
Guess you guys have never heard of LIDAR?

Old news...

I didn't know that technology envolves drones. When looking in a couple of sites about LIDAR, I couldn't find a clear reference to the use of drones, Can you offer a source?

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