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Casey calamaio, a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has developed a flying device that could help a lot in the discovery of Mayan ruins. The Mayan peoples, who spread over a vast territory that encompasses five present-day countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador), are perhaps one of the pre-columbian civilizations most enigmatic of our times, and its mystical culture, religion, language and calendar have generated from the most rigorous studies to the most outlandish conspiracy and millennial theories.
The truth is the mayan world It seems to be shrouded in a cloud of secrets and mysteries, and despite having numerous urban archaeological sites, many are yet to be discovered. The helicopter-shaped device with an integrated mini camera will allow aerial exploration of the rainforest territory, in search of cities and ruins hidden among the dense vegetation. It will be tested in Guatemala next week.
Calamaio, along with his tutor Dr. Robert Griffin, will spend three days testing the multi-spectral camera in short periods of flight. on the limits of the famous ruins of Tikal and Yaxha in Guatemala. The high-resolution images that are extracted could shed light on the signs of plant stress in the plants that surround these ruins, to later check if what is seen from the air corresponds to what is actually on the ground.
The vegetation that surrounds the ruins is not very exuberant since the Mayan builders extracted the stone blocks, the lime and the gypsum, depriving the plants of some nutrients and moisture. As well, the camera would serve to detect signs in the foliage of the plants, such as sharp edges or artificial geometric figures,that could indicate the presence of Mayan ruins in the environment.
The Wildlife Conservation Society has supported the development of this device that could transform the archaeological method and apply it elsewhere.
Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence, both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.