Thursday, April 10, 2008

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Technology to save the Machu Picchu


- Atapuerca researchers created a system for analyzing the degradation

- With a special program define the causes and seek solutions

( Image: Antonio Canals with a Peruvian researcher in the ruins of Machu Picchu - Photo: IPHES)


MADRID .- A group of English researchers, some of the Atapuerca team, participate in a conservation project of the Peruvian archaeological complex of Machu Picchu, which is suffering a steady decline for decades .

is the Trace Project, in which you want to use the latest technologies to monitor natural changes taking place in the ancient Inca city, which have reached threatening its declaration as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Its director is Antoni Canals, an archaeologist at the University Rovira i Virgili and collaborator of the Institute of Human Paleontology and Social Evolution (IPHES), directed by Eudald Carbonell. Canals

explains that, little is known so far, the deterioration of Machu Picchu is due to changes caused by weather, especially moisture, granite materials which built the city .

"For three years we collect daily data on all events: invasion of vegetation on the walls, cracking, earth movement or damage caused by water, with the information generated, to decide what measures can be taken " explains the archaeologist.

This is the objective of the IPHES agreement signed with the Institute Yachay Hatun Wasi Qosqo Peru. The first will provide the technological equipment and expertise in data collection. Second, knowledge of Machu Picchu. Canals

remember that each area of \u200b\u200bthe complex may be a different kind of problem. "Until now, little has been done in conservation. Not that the city is sinking, but suffers the ravages of time," he argues.

data collection will take place, starting in May, with handheld computers called PDAs. Canals explains that "this work will be done by staff Machu Picchu, then the data is analyzed to decide what to do. "

the end, it will have maps of each of the walls of the complex. To make this possible has been necessary to develop a computer application, task has fallen to Ibermática.

Eudald Carbonell, director of IPHES, aims to create a English-Peruvian Association for aid project in Spain. Another chapter of cooperation with Peru, still in its infancy, is the project Origins, by which is approved IPHES all paleontological research.

Within this project, the English will help to discover who were the first hominids that came to this land of Peru.


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