Archaeologist uses drone to track looting of ancient tombs in Jordan

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Archaeologist Chad Hill is using a custom-built “septocopter” drone to monitor looting of an ancient cemetery in Jordan

Part of the “Landscapes of the Dead Research Project,” Hill and his team aim to map more than 10,000 tombs at Fifa, an Early Bronze Age burial site, “as a method of site assessment and monitoring.” They piece together images generated by Hill’s drone.

On the southeastern Dead Sea Plain, where Fifa is located, people buried the dead with ceramic vessels, carnelian beads and lambis shell bracelets. But for years, there have been raids on the ancient tombs, often by those who hope to make a profit off of the loot. Read more…

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