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Be a Space Archaeologist-explore sites with GlobalXplorer

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posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 09:06 AM

Welcome to the 21st-century world of space archaeology, in which culturally important ruins can be spotted and decoded via high-resolution images captured by Earth-orbiting satellites. And a platform called GlobalXplorer puts this experience at any user's fingertips, inviting all who have internet connections to assist archaeologists in finding and protecting sites around the world, some of which are yet to be brought to light.

GlobalXplorer, which launched today (Jan. 30), is stocked with imagery representing 77,220 square miles (200,000 square kilometers) of sites located in Peru, creator and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak announced at a press briefing. By scanning "tiles" of the ground, users can identify and flag telltale signs of looting activity or unusual features that could represent an undiscovered structure. Archaeologists and government agencies can then use this data to preserve sites that are in peril and to launch new excavations in unexplored areas, Parcak told reporters.

Now we can all be archaeologists from the comfort of our homes and without getting our hands dirty. Although i wish i could explore in person this is the next best thing.

I just wanted to share this site for others interested. Who knows, maybe one of us "armchair archaeologists" will find an undiscovered structure. Even if i don't find anything, it looks like a lot of fun and i can't wait to start 'digging'.

posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 09:32 AM
Ive been trying to do this with google earth, but this is the real deal

posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 10:01 AM
Thank You EchoesInTime I will have a look.

posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 10:38 AM
a reply to: EchoesInTime

Thank you very much! Fantastic, bookmarking for later consumption. Im hoping they wont blur out many areas of interest that Google does, but that is probably too much to ask.

posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 04:48 PM
Excellent find!

Zooniverse has crowd-sourced science projects in many fields. You can contribute as little or as much as you like.

posted on Feb, 1 2017 @ 12:22 PM
a reply to: Byrd

That link is great. Thanks

It has so much to choose from. I could get lost there. I love the History section.
I've already tried Decoding the civil War. Next I'm doing the Operation War Diary. I love reading history from those who were there.

posted on Feb, 2 2017 @ 05:35 PM
Thanks for sharing!

Something I could sink my teeth into.

My first look was a tutorial on how to spot looted sites.

Byrd shared a good one too.

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