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VR Allows Archeologists to Explore Dangerous Ancient Burial Site

Archeologists have used drone imagery and geophysical data of archeological excavations to recreate a virtual reality version of ancient burial site Plain of Jars.

Because of millions of undetonated bombs left over from the Vietnam War, most of the real site is too dangerous to excavate. Creating a virtual reality version lets scientists continue to do important works of discovery.

“We certainly can’t just go and put shovels into the ground,” project co-leader Louise Shewan told Live Science. “[But] we can fly the drones through those sites, and put all that information and imagery into the Cave2 and make comparisons such as, is there a consistent placement between the jars, or between different types of burial markers?”

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