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CMU research group is creating a digital model of a medieval city in Spain

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A Central Michigan University research group returned from Spain this month, where they digitally mapped a medieval city.

Without ever digging in the ground – a CMU research team is working to recreate a 15th century city digitally.

Scott de Brestian is an art history professor at CMU.

He said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.

“So Nájera is today a fairly small, sleepy town of a few thousand people, but in the past it was a royal capital it had one of the most important monasteries in northern Spain and it has a very rich history.”

De Brestian said the group used drones and thermal technology to view the remains of the ancient city and its artifacts.

“One technique that we’re using is photogrammetry, which is a way of taking photographs of a building or an object from various objects and combining them, and that creates a 3D model then that you can actually import into our database.”

De Brestian said he’s looking forward to working on more projects like this in the future.