Archaeology Meets Particle Physics

Symmetry - While the human eye is an amazing feat of evolution, it has its limitations. What we can see tells only a sliver of the whole story. Often, it is what is on the inside that counts.

Physics undergraduates at Texas Tech University, led by Professors Nural Akchurin and Shuichi Kunori, are currently developing detectors that will act like an X-ray film and record the patterns left behind by muons as they pass through hillsides in Turkey. Archaeologists will use these detectors to map the internal structure of hills and look for promising places to dig for buried archaeological sites.

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