Where once landed sandals of Roman, now rolls the rubberized tread of a robot. Or whatever robot feet are made from. Hewn from the solid rock of Italian mountains, the miles-long ancient aqueducts have stood for 2,000 years, forming a vast network (the Aqua Claudio is 45 miles long and the Porta Maggiore is 60 miles). And that means it's tough for scientists and historians to just go blindly skipping through them. Sure, there are some dandy maps drawn up by British topographer Thomas Ashby in the First World War, and 3D scanners are also proving quite handy in mapping the tunnels. But the dirty job of exploring cisterns and drains beneath the Roman Forum goes to what archaeologists are calling an “archeo-robot” named Lucius. The robot runs via remote control and has high-def cameras, 6 wheels and no aversion to weird smells. Awesome. When will there be a Disneyand-type tour for us to go on? [Source]
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