Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Called 'Blue J,' village has intrigued archaeologists since the Seventies

Drone images have captured fascinating new details about a buried Native American village in New Mexico. Thermal images captured by the small drone allowed archaeologists to peer under the surface of the desert floor, revealing never-before-seen structures.

Drone images have captured fascinating new details about a buried Native American village in New Mexico.

Drone images have captured fascinating new details about a buried Native American village in New Mexico.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/11/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Blue J, archaeology, drone sightings, infrared images

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The village, called Blue J is a 1,000-year-old village first identified by archaeologists in the Seventies. Located at about 43 miles south of the famed Chaco Canyon site in northwestern New Mexico. Blue J contains nearly 60 ancestral pueblo-styled centered about what was once a large spring.

The ruins of Blue J are currently covered up by vegetation and buried in eroded sandstone blown in from nearby cliffs. The ancient structures have been only partially studied through excavations. A team of archaeologists flew a small camera-equipped drone over the site last June to find out what infrared images might reveal under the surface.

Check out our fine selection of Bibles -- by going here!

"I was really pleased with the results," Jesse Casana, an archaeologist from the University of Arkansas says. "This work illustrates the very important role that UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) have for scientific research."

Co-author John Kantner of the University of North Florida had previously excavated at the site. Drone images showed stone compounds Kantner had already identified and ones that he didn't know about.

Thermal images revealed a dark circle just inside the wall of a plaza area, which could represent wetter, cooler soil filling a kiva, or a huge, underground structure circular that would have been used for public gatherings and ceremonies.

Locating the kiva at Blue J would be a significant find. Blue J has been considered unusual among its neighbors because it lacks the monumental great houses and subterranean kivas that are the hallmark of Chaco-era Pueblo sites.

The images also could guide archaeologists' trowels before excavating.

"Now that we know what household compounds look like in thermal imaging, we could use it to prospect for structures at other sites," Casana says.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Technology

Astronomers discover 'galactic fossil' at the heart of the galaxy Watch

Image of Scientists discover Terzan 5 has a mixture of old and new stars.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Astronomers have discovered the 'galactic fossil' of the Milky Way.  Known as Terzan 5, it is a 12.5 billion year-old globular cluster near the center of the galaxy. In addition to this knowledge, scientists made a remarkable second discovery. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Whoa! Why the universe is more crowded than we thought Watch

Image of The universe is packed with galaxies, many we cannot see.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists believe the universe may have 10 times the number of galaxies than previously thought. New research and new mathematical models suggests there's a lot more stuff out there, but we cannot see it. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Researchers from a team ... continue reading

Brain implant helps paralyzed man feel and move hand Watch

Image of New tech is offering more options for the medical community to treat patients.


Nathan Copeland, who has been paralyzed since he was a teen, was able to feel sensation in his fingers after a successful trial with robotics and a brain implant. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Technology has been excelling in leaps and bounds, so when Copeland, ... continue reading

White House reveals the real dangers of A.I. - Are YOU safe? Watch

Image of Robots will take over low-income jobs first (PCWorld).


Robots help make life easier. It's a fact most science fiction writers picked up on decades ago and many see today. With self-driving cars, improved medical techniques and even A.I. girlfriends, the world is preparing to rely more heavily on A.I. and robots while ... continue reading

Robot revolution inches closer - A.I. has now learned 'rational reasoning' skills, can teach itself Watch

Image of A.I. can now think and reason and teach itself.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Robots are getting smarter, and are becoming capable of doing things we can't easily do, or do in a short space of time. It is becoming apparent what will happen next as the world's movers and shakers prepare for a world where robots provide the labor, and in some ... continue reading

Man spends $100/month for FAKE girlfriend - Has technology gone too far? Watch

Image of More men are turning to cyber girlfriends in alarming trend.


QUICK, turn to me, pity me, alone and wretched as I am! - Psalms 25:16 LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - God did not create us to be alone, yet thousands of people around the world are forced to turn toward artificial intelligence for relationships and meaningful ... continue reading

Toyota unveils robot for 'emotional companionship' - robots could become commonplace in homes within the next decade Watch

Image of This tiny robot is intended to serve as an emotional substitute for human companionship.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A Japanese firm is releasing a tiny robot intended to provide emotional companionship for people.  The tiny robot is the latest in a growing industry where robots provide companionship to lonely people. Robots remain exotic, but are expected to become commonplace ... continue reading

Self driving trucks to begin replacing truck drivers in 2017 Watch

Image of Uber and Otto will debut the first self-driving truck on American roads in 2017.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Robots are already starting to replace security guards and delivery drivers. Now truck drivers will be replaced starting in 2017. A tech company called Otto has developed a self-driving truck that's ready for the road. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Starting in ... continue reading

Get ready to give up your car keys, driverless lanes are coming! But beware... Watch

Image of Soon you will no longer be allowed to drive, the day is coming.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Get ready to give up your keys, human drivers may face driving bans in as little as five years as self-driving cars come online. Planners are evaluating a stretch of the I-5 in Washington for a possible human driver ban. If practical, it will spread. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Imagine a leisurely future without work! But beware there's a HIDDEN DARK SIDE... Watch

Image of What does the future look like?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In the future, robots and artificial intelligence will become so capable that they will take over every imaginable job from humans. What will happen when there is no more work for people to do? How will humans adapt to this workless future? And is there a dark side to ... continue reading

All Technology News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:19-22
19 So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; you are ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 19:2-3, 4-5
2 day discourses of it to day, night to night hands on the ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 6:12-16
12 Now it happened in those days that he went onto the mountain to pray; ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 28th, 2016 Image

St. Jude Thaddaeus
October 28: St. Jude, known as Thaddaeus, was a brother of ... Read More