History is considered to be the science of past events which are particularly connected with human affairs. Through this science, we are able to explore different peoples in specific moments in time.
From the time of Heradot, people have recorded their activities in order to tell the story to the next generation. Because of the tendency to record our lives in the most permanent form, most of what we consider to be relevant history today has been written. However, this written method of recording history has been from a very subjective point of view, often leaving some points behind.
The most recent process of rediscovering the past has been utilizing alternatives ways to find evidence. The new technology of today can help us open a new perspective of observing the world around us and discover forgotten or unwritten moments in past.
Drone Discoveries are Reshaping Ireland’s History
On June 10, 2018, Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland was flying his drone to observe the view over the land of Boyne Valley when something extraordinary showed up on the view. On a place already part of the World Heritage site of Bru Na Boinne in Meath County, Murphy discovered an undiscovered footprint of Hegne.
The discovered site consists of two concentrical circles with a diameter of 150 meters wide. According to Ireland’s National Monuments chief archeologist, The Henge is estimated to be between 4500 to 5000 years old.
This valley has been researched by many archeologists, historians, and scientists on various occasions. But this specific event with a new viewpoint from this drone discovery has changed its history and given it another path.
Drones offer a different viewpoint to observe the things around us. They can be useful tools for researchers and sometimes give unplanned results.
Petroglyphs as drone discoveries are helping Archeologists
Another extraordinary drone discoveries are the ancient petroglyphs in South Utah. This area in Utah known as the Nine Mile Canyon is famous for its collection of petroglyphs and pictographs covering a stretch of 40 miles.
This area is under the National Register of Historic Places since 2012 and it has been observed and researched for many years. With the size of the landscape, it is difficult to detect all of its art in a regular way. However, drones as tools can help researchers to be faster and give access to areas that are hardly accessible.
For an example, Bill Clary from Colorado has discovered a few of these pictographs in locations that humans are unable to access. Using his drone he made the impossible, possible.
This video was commented on by Jerry Spangler, the head of the Colorado Plateau Archeological Alliance. According to him, this video is proof of the existence of San Juan basketmaker style dating from 500 B.C to around 8600. He mentions that some of the sites are not safe to visit, and because of that haven’t been fully researched.
These discoveries are just a few of the many that have been detected by drones. However, they can serve as examples of its potential.
Drones can be tools to fight war, but they can also be tools to open new views of the world around us and bring new discoveries. This proof of history might not have been discovered if they weren’t observed from a drone’s perspective.