Peru&#39s archaeologists use UAVs to protect ancient ruins

Peru&#39s archaeologists use UAVs to protect ancient ruins

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Peru: In Peru, archaeologists are using UAVs to speed up survey work and protect ancient sites from builders and miners.

Construction firms have destroyed several ancient sites in Peru. In July, two construction firms razed a 5,000-year-old pyramid near the capital city of Lima. The Ministry of Culture is trying to map all the ancient sites to save them from such threats. Archeologists have been told to map all the sites so that the ministry can keep a record. However, mapping of ancient sites is a time consuming exercise. Therefore, archeologists have started using small drones. These UAVs are being used to produce three-dimensional models of Peruvian sites instead of the usual flat maps. Archeologists are using drones to create a digital repository of ruins to help build awareness and aid in the reconstruction of any damage.

Source: The Guardian