In 1867, melting snow from the Smoky Mountains and four days of rain wrought Biblical destruction along the Tennessee River Valley. In Knoxville, Tennessee, the flooded river took out the town’s only bridge and stranded the residents on a hilltop downtown.
It’s interesting to think about how much technology is used to look back in time, so to speak. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that it’s possible to see back millions of years in space, but on a more earthbound level, technology is able to make even ancient history clearer and more tangible than ever before. 3D technology, in particular, allows us to restore ancient objects and even rebuild things that no longer exist. 3D printing and […]
Technology for the sake of technology is fairly useless. But, when it can be used to help solve problems or open the door to unanswered questions, the possibilities are endless. “People are always coming up with new questions, and every time you come up with a new question, you have to find a way to answer it,” says Matt Gage, director of The University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research. “But, getting to that answer may require coming up with a […]
Members of the University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research are in the middle of a project to rehabilitate a collection of tens of thousands of artifacts first gathered in Alabama during the 1930s and 1940s. The work began in February. It’s a collaborative effort between the Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the collection, and the university, which is curating it and creating a comprehensive database for the government-owned power company. READ MORE