Laser Uses in Archaeology

Happy 2014 from the professionals at Seiffert Industrial!

Lasers had quite a 2013, especially leading up to 2014, as they led the charge in the cosmos in terms of space travel and defending against asteroids. Advancements were made in terms of bomb detection. The dream of every mad scientist came true when it was realized that lasers could control the weather – well, at least a slice of it anyway. Much of this we covered in other blog posts, and if you’re interested in any of the above stories, we suggest checking out the posts.

2014 is poised to be an even bigger year for lasers, as they lead us down the roads of discovery with an unparalleled precision, such as helping archaeologists discover “ancient” ruins. “Ancient” may be stretching it a bit. Let’s say these ruins are pretty old. Such ruins were recently discovered in New England using a laser-guided mapping technique.

In the article, “Lasers Unearth Lost ‘Agropolis’ of New England,” News.sciencemag.org reports, “Geographers Katharine Johnson and William Ouimet of the University of Connecticut, Storrs, uncovered these preserved sites without ever lifting a shovel. Using aerial surveys created by LiDAR, a laser-guided mapping technique, the team detected the barely perceptible remnants of a former “agropolis” around three rural New England towns.”

While not as old as say an ancient Mayan temple, this agropolis sheds light on early American history. In addition, it also sheds light on “the untold consequences of this agricultural abandonment on the modern ecosystem.” This laser-guided mapping technique is helping archaeologists and scientists have a more precise understanding of the world. Precise is the key word here. That’s what you get with lasers, an unparalleled precision.

At Seiffert Industrial, we pride ourselves on the precision of our laser alignment solutions. Contact us today with any questions!

Source: http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeology/2014/01/lasers-unearth-lost-agropolis-new-england