In the Discovery News article found here, the design of a new robot is discussed. A robot inspired by turtles. How does this have anything to do with archaeology though?
In Marine Archaeology robots are often used to analyse sections of the ocean where humans cannot go, either because they are too deep or because they are too difficult or dangerous to visit. These robots are usually the ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) that you may have seen in some of my previous posts.
The turtle robot is described as having “extra maneuverability, capability and speed” and one of its aims is to autonomously navigate underwater. I believe these characteristics would be a great advantage to marine archaeologists as the ROVs are remotely operated (as their name suggests) and may be more difficult to maneuver. Of course the turtle robot would require the essential components that archaeologists need to be installed on it and this may be difficult or limit it in some way.
Who knows, maybe it would be an interesting experiment. Check out the article and see what you think 😉