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Archaeologists Using HAMMER to Study Mapping Techniques

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RICHLAND, Wash.- Archaeologists are using the HAMMER training center to develop new ways to map historical sites.

HAMMER has a seven acre site designed specifically for this type of archaeological research.

With the use of multiple technologies they are trying to build a map of things buried in the area.

The goal is to be able to map things like construction sites before they start digging to avoid problems in the future.

"Various techniques used to look into the ground without having to do a lot of excavation.  More of a non-destructive means of examining the archaeology," said Steven DeVore, an archaeologist helping run the training.

DeVore says it also helps save money because they know where to dig before they even start so they don't waste time in barren areas, and they can avoid accidentally destroying artifacts through digging.