IN 2010, when builders were excavating the site of the former World Trade Center in New York, they stumbled across something rather unusual: a large wooden boat, later dated to the 1700s.
Hitting archaeological remains is a familiar problem for builders, because the land they are excavating has often been in use for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
Democrata, a UK data analytics start-up, wants to help companies guess what’s in the ground before they start digging. Using predictive algorithms, their new program maps where artefacts might still be found in England and Wales, in order to help companies avoid the time and cost of excavation. “It’s an expensive problem to have once you’ve started digging,” says Geoff Roberts, CEO of Democrata. Read more.