25 Aug '11, 5pm

Classifying an ancient civilization #JO #RolexAwards

Classifying an ancient civilization #JO #RolexAwards

Classifying an ancient civilization Send to a Friend Print Talal Akasheh , the meticulous and determined chemistry professor who is documenting Petra, in Jordan, is making steady progress in his huge task of classifying all the monuments and archaeological features in the 2,500-year-old city. Talal Akasheh (left) checks the effectiveness of anti-erosion measures. Ironically, the devastating erosion (right) produces the rose tints for which Petra is famous. © Rolex / Marc Latzel Since he won his Rolex Award in 2008, he has added another 1,000 archaeological features to his massive geo-archaeological information system (GIS). The GIS now comprises data on 3,000 features from Petra and the surrounding areas. Professor Akasheh estimates the total number in the area at 3,500. The additional 1,000 features include many tombs, which are a vital key to assessing the number of inha...

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