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Spy Satellites Reveal Ancient Archaeological Sites
Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 14, 2014 | Abraham Rabinovich

Posted on 05/14/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The number of identified archaeological sites in the Middle East has been tripled by an outdated technology that could not be replicated today—Cold War satellite photographs.

The Corona Atlas of the Middle East, unveiled last week in the United States, has added some 10,000 sites to the 4,500 previously known archaeological sites between Egypt and Iran.

The photographs, taken mostly in the 1960s for a project managed by the CIA, captured the landscape of the region before it was substantially altered by the spread of modern cities, agricultural development, and the construction of dams and other infrastructure.

“Some of these sites are gigantic and they were completely unknown,” said Dr. Jesse Casana of the University of Arkansas, who outlined the project at a meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. “We can see roads and canals. We have a real way to look across the Middle East and see how it was connected.”

The biggest sites, he said, are in Syria and Turkey and cover more than 120 acres.

Although modern satellites provide clearer photographs, they cannot show what has been covered over since the original Corona photographs. The photographs were usually taken in early morning or late afternoon when the low-lying sun would bring into relief mounds typical of archaeological sites...

The photographs that have now been released are confined to sites in the Middle East, particularly from Mesopotamia—the northern area linking today’s Iran with the Mediterranean coast—a major cradle of ancient civilization...

(Excerpt) Read more at freebeacon.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: coronaatlas; egypt; godsgravesglyphs; iran; iraq; israel; jordan; lebanon; orbitalarchaeology; remotesensing; satellitearchaeology; syria; turkey
Here's the caption of the photo I can't show ya:

1960s CIA photos show ancient ‘roads and canals’ [Corona satellite / APCorona satellite / AP]

1 posted on 05/14/2014 6:00:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: JoeProBono; BenLurkin

Corona Atlas of the Middle East
http://corona.cast.uark.edu/index.html


2 posted on 05/14/2014 6:00:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...
And a thank you goes out to a FReeper to be named Never (weird name, huh?) for sending the link.

3 posted on 05/14/2014 6:01:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

August 19, 1960: first midair recovery of a capsule returning from orbit. A C-119J Flying Boxcar recovers the return capsule from the Corona spy satellite Discoverer 14, which contains the first spy photographs of the Soviet Union taken from space. USAF Photo.


4 posted on 05/14/2014 6:11:47 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

Amazing site!


5 posted on 05/14/2014 6:20:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Corona Image of Stepnogorsk Bioweapons Facility

Soviet Anthrax Factory at Stepnogorsk, Kazakhstan


6 posted on 05/14/2014 6:20:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: SunkenCiv

It even shows the way to San Jose.. And Yes .. All roads did lead to Roma once upon a time.

As to the Yellow Brick road.. Ehhh...


7 posted on 05/14/2014 6:55:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

One of the documentary shows on cable has a woman who works with sattelite photos in Egypt. She has identified a lot of sites, many of them which appear to be unknown pyramids.

The problem is getting permits and the time it will take to dig at hundreds of sites.


8 posted on 05/14/2014 8:24:47 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv
These photographs are now 50 years old or more. Modern technology can digitize the negatives to make them available to any interested lay person, and the result is virtually indistinguishable from the "originals," if competently converted.

Why isn't this an option?

The archival value is incalculable, and who knows what surprises a few million "unprofessional" eyes can discover?

Dissemination of digital copies over the internet is virtually costless and with modern PC computers practical for even the largest uncompressed files.

9 posted on 05/14/2014 11:04:17 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: SunkenCiv; All

The Mongol invasions destroyed so much.


10 posted on 05/15/2014 12:46:46 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: SunkenCiv

That Atlas is really cool.


11 posted on 05/15/2014 1:38:08 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: publius911

Good idea.


12 posted on 05/15/2014 9:46:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: wildbill

I think we had a topic or two about her a few years ago.


13 posted on 05/15/2014 9:55:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker

It is. May be a few more new topics in there.


14 posted on 05/15/2014 10:06:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: publius911

Great idea. Disperse this across the Net. The one thing we’ve learned is that intelligence and creativity, once the gatekeepers are knocked out of the way, is very, very broad.


15 posted on 05/22/2014 6:03:46 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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