Peru: Mini helicopters to protect archaeological sites


Site in La Libertad (Photo by El Comercio)

Two prototypes of helicopters with high definition cameras attached are being used to study and protect Peruvian cultural patrimony sites.

After this year, archaeologists will no longer have to precariously perch on top of ladders to snap pictures of Peru´s archaeological sites. That job will be done by mini helicopters with cameras attached that are now being used to observe, photograph and protect ruins.

The prototypes are now being used in San José de Moro in La Libertad thanks to a partnership between the Catholic University of Peru and Harvard University.

Archaeologists hope to be able to finally make a complete record of the more minute details of the country´s countless archaeological sites and create a high resolution map of important ruins. In addition it will be used to increase security by allowing authorities constantly monitor the areas.


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