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Hunting for Ancient Cities in Cyprus

Written by 9/16/2008

Charlie Simkin '10 conducts an experiment in Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus.

Who says archaeologists have all the fun? Physics professor Michael “Bodhi” Rogers and three of his students recently traveled to Cyprus where the group used cutting-edge, ground-penetrating radar to search for long-buried buildings and identify ancient city boundaries, roads, and defensive walls dating from the late Bronze Age.

The team was searching for a large palace that would indicate a king or a centralized power during that period. Although their equipment allowed them to search underground without excavating, they also worked on two partially excavated sites as a way to test their new research technique.

The radar worked the best under very dry conditions, and scans suggested a large late Bronze Age road and other reflections suggestive of buildings. Professor Rogers recently submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to fund further studies in Cyprus and at Native American village sites in upstate New York.



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