As much as I love taking professional head shots for clients and filming commercials, I have always been fascinated by less-conventional ways that a camera can be used. Especially when it has historical significance.

Thanks to cameras, a Mayan tomb closed to the world for 1,500 years has finally been seen. Scientists were able to snake a tiny camera into a red-and-black painted burial chamber. The room that the camera filmed contained paintings of nine figures, pottery, jade pieces and shells. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History were able to confirm all of this.

The actual location of the tomb is in Palenque, which are stone ruins in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The historians were even able to see the burial chamber for the first time in many, many years. They threaded a tiny video camera through a 6-inch by 6-inch (15 cm by 15 cm) hole above the tomb to do this.  The burial chamber ended up holding a sarcophagus and pottery dishes. Because of the items that they found, they are guessing everything in it was from sometime between A.D. 431 and A.D. 550.

Now this is what I am talking about! I love coming up with new uses for cameras, from medical innovations to law enforcement uses cameras can help with everything. How soon before kids snake a flip cam into some other undiscovered area? We are living in exciting times for sure.

To check out the pictures for yourself visit – http://www.livescience.com/14768-mayan-tomb-images.html


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