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Infrared drone detects New Mexico ruins


Infrared sensors attached to a remote-controlled drone have been used to identify nearly 60 households that make up the 11th century Puebloan Blue J community.

The features revealed by the copter — or drone, as they call it — may reshape archaeologists’ understanding of the size, scope, and cultural affiliations of the Blue J community.

“The drone work was able to show us that at least some of the sites are much larger below the surface than can be seen on the surface,” Kantner said in an interview.

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Story: Western Digs | Photo: Kanter and Casana

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