How Technology is Changing the Face of Archaeology

510185_7448_1024x2000One of the most exciting things the advancement of technology brings about is how it is effecting history.  No time prior in history has the public been able to see history as it is being made and engage in the review and discovery of history as it is being rediscovered.   In this brief article, which is part of an Investigating History Daily article,  my goal is to share with you some of the new tools available to archaeologists, historians and individuals with a passion for history.

My share here today is going to be in two parts.  One- sharing with you a technology you can use to gain more insight into history, research and behind the scenes information of those who pursue lost history.  The second half is designed to introduce to the six technologies which are changing the face of archaeology the most, specifically – Six tools that are revolutionizing archaeology by helping us find sites without digging.  They are:

1.  Google Earth  2.  LIDAR  3.  Drones  4. Shallow geophysics  5. Soil geochemistry

But first, let me share something with you I am fascinated with.  Imagine someone like me, who explores and digs into history first hand, being able to take you along on an exploration or mission without you having to leave your home.  Imagine if you could not only watch me work, but dialog with me as my team and I were on site doing our investigations.  While we were making our way around a site, or turing over rocks for clues; you could be right there.  Pretty cool idea and pretty cool technology and a technology which is here and now.  We are currently using it to “report inside programming” for the History Channel’s Curse of Oak Island.  As we teach ourselves to both use and master the technology it will very soon go on the road with us.  So imagine when we are working deep in the Yucatan, that you are there by our side seeing what we see at the very same time we see it.  Or better yet, say you are a fan of our current regular Tuesday night Curse of Oak Island RIPCAST with each new episode, imagine if you journeyed with us back to Oak Island, doing investigations in and around Nova Scotia, or if you were onboard with us as we were working under the water lines surrounding Oak Island!  Cool, we now and now it can be done all thanks to a free app called Periscope. 

When you go to the Periscope website to get the free app for your mobile device, here is how they describe their amazing technology: 

Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.

How cool is that.  So, if you want a dose of history, inside information and following along with us and our work, then JOIN US for our regular Tuesday night Periscope LIVE Broadcast for the History Channel’s Curse of Oak Island.  Now for the other exciting technologies.

Here is a sample of a RIPCAST “Reporting Inside Programming”

In our Investigating History Daily online newspaper we carried as story titled:

periscope tag

Six tools that are revolutionizing archaeology by helping us find sites without digging!

The article explains some of the exciting technologies changing the face of archaeology.    The article by the fine folks at THE CONVERSATION dig a bang up job at reporting. So here is a taste and then we will jump you to The Conversation’s web site with the full article.

In the past decade there has been a quiet revolution in archaeology, virtually allowing archaeologists to see through the ground without digging. Advances in geophysics, soil chemistry and remote sensing are speeding up the discovery of ancient sites and helping archaeologists understand them on a global scale.

Below is our list of the top six of these techniques. While each is valuable on its own, the future will lie in combining them – possibly one day creating a GPS-linked virtual reality that will take the observer below the ground.

While you won’t find actual artefacts in this way, and cannot date what you see, this approach is much more sustainable than actually digging and possibly risking damaging objects. Instead, it leaves the buried archaeology for future generations when techniques of excavation might be even better.  READ FULL STORY HERE:   

 

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