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MSU Researcher Uses ‘Digital Archaeology’ to Explore Greece

Through the careful study of excavation records dating back some 40 years, Michigan State University’s Jon Frey, assistant professor of Classics and Art History, has discovered an ancient gymnasium at the archaeological site of Isthmia, Greece.

The team is also using the latest tech tools to unlock clues from the site. For example, they used drone footage of the site to create a 3-D model and map of Isthmia, both of which will be available to other researchers soon. Until now, there hasn’t been a complete map of Isthmia, only images and maps of different buildings. Frey has been trying different ways to make sense of all the maps since 2009, but it’s only now that technology has caught up.

Putting the pieces together and creating a map helps paint a picture of the ancient athletic stomping ground—giving researchers a rare big-picture view of the important site and a better sense of how the entire sanctuary functioned, Frey says.

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