14.03.2011 08.Adar ll, 5771
Israeli algorithms offer a clearer picture of what’s underground, saving spadework.
Forget Machu Pichu or Angkor Wat, many of the world’s archeological sites are located close to cities, if not inside them, and suffer the encroachments of roads, homes and factories.
If there isn’t a road, farm or a factory on the site already, an archeologist is likely to face objections from property developers or government officials anxious to get on with business or building. Technology exists that lets scientists see below the surface for signs of structures and artifacts of the past, but it has severe limitations. Everything from electric power to water mains can disrupt the results while sites with artifacts from multiple historical periods appear as a jumble….