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INAH videos – Archaeological sites around Mexico City filmed by drones

INAH videos – Archaeological sites around Mexico City filmed by drones


A livelong friend in Mexico City,  Dr. Alejandra Torreon-Chaves,  just emailed me a link to a new set of videos, posted by the Institutio Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH), which she thinks will be ideal for People of One Fire viewers.  She is a POOF subscriber, herself.  Archaeologists have never been able to obtain comprehensive 3D aerial views of many of the archaeological sites in and around Mexico City because of the intensity of urban development.  Helicopters were expensive and vibrated too much to get high resolution images.  Drone technology solved the problem.   The program has been so successful that they plan to use drones soon in the jungles of southern Mexico and mountains of central Mexico to search for remote archaeological sites.

The INAH began posting these short documentary films on Youtube in April 2017.  Most only have music as a background.  They show the viewer what the road access to the site looks like . . . provide views from all angles of the ruins . . . and then provide the satellite view with the GPS coordinates for studying the sites further on Google Maps.  After you watch the first one, the next one automatically begins.

It is a very cheap way to visit the archaeological sites in Central Mexico without paying a helicopter pilot $400 an hour!   LOL


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.

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