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9:30am Thursday 21st June 2012 in Club & Society
IMAGINE that instead of looking at captioned museum exhibits in glass cases you could examine them as though you were touching them, make real copies of them for yourself or scrutinise enlarged versions to see more clearly small details such as text.
Thanks to an enlightening talk on heritage by the enthusiastic Dr Henry Chapman, of the Institute of ArchaeologyandAntiquities at the University of Birmingham, we discovered that this is already a reality through the wonders of modern technology.
Other developments, such as geophysical techniques, can reveal hidden subterranean sites, such as multiple henges in the vicinity of Stonehenge or layers of earlier constructions under the present Vatican.
Geophysical exploration by oil companies under the North Sea hasrevealed geographical features of the landscape before itwasflooded after the melting of the last Ice Age.
This helps archaeologists to concentrate their underwater investigations on the most promising areas.
Dr Chapman emphasised the need for collaboration between the academic, cultural and business sectors to avoid unnecessary duplication of research.
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