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The helicopter door opens and Robert Bewley leans out hundreds of feet above the Hisban Roman ruins outside Amman, Jordan. Feet on the struts, the Oxford University archaeologist begins snapping photos as the chopper circles the ancient stones. Bewley and project founder David Kennedy aim to discover and preserve archaeology through a growing archive of 91,000 images of sites across the Middle East and North Africa.World War II halted the photography, which only resumed when Kennedy and Bewley soared over with Nikon cameras.Kennedy spent 25 years collecting aerial photos and old maps before Google Earth made satellite images widespread.Bewley then joined Kennedy, and a decade later, the project increased the range and number of flights after receiving grants from the Packard Humanities Institute adding up to $2.5 million.Over 7 million people have viewed the archive online – which has more than 1,000 pages of photos – and 161 research projects have used the images.
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