Archaeology Goes High Tech

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
National Geographic News has an article regarding a University of Montreal Professor who is developing new methods of "electronically recording and interpreting ancient stone inscriptions". It's very interesting and I find it surprising that more researchers aren't doing this already. Or perhaps they are and I just didn't know it. I realize that, if it works as they're hoping it will, it should make some of the work of archaeologists easier and may also provide a wealth of information which could not be obtained through traditional practices. It also has a benefit of recording information that could eventually be lost should monuments or artifacts be destroyed, lost, or damaged by the environment (weather changes, pollution, etc.). NGN has another interesting related article entitled Rising Water Table Threatens Egypt's Monuments.

Despite the benefits, I'm old fashioned. I liked recording information using a pen/pencil and paper. Touching artifacts with my hands, seeing them up close, inches from my face. But I guess, like with everything else in our "modern" world, it's all changing for the "better"? I guess that's debatable.

Photo from Mark's Fabulous Photos

3 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

What a stunning photo that is. Can you tell me where it is?

Alun said...

My guess is the Temple of Amun (or Amon) at Karnak.

Karen said...

Yep, according to Mark's Amazing Photos (http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/mcdavey/pics/egypt.html) he lists it as the Hypostyle hall in the temple of Karnak.

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