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Corona: Uncovering Ancient Middle East Through Old Spy Satellite Images

With the advent of space and satellite technology, we were able to see, not just outer space in a whole new light, but even the world we live in, looking at it from a wider perspective. Using this technology, we are now able to see and piece together various information, one being archaeological data regarding sites and places that existed long ago but have since been destroyed.

Scientists are using the satellites' decades-old photos of the Middle East to reconstruct archaeological sites that disappeared many years ago, erased by urbanization, agricultural expansion and industrial growth, researchers reported in December at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
By comparing these "spy" images to more-recent satellite photos, scientists can track settlements and historically important sites that have since been obscured or destroyed, the researchers explained at AGU.

(Image credit: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies/University of Arkansas via Live Science)


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