The potential for archaeology within and beyond the habitable zones (HZs) of the Milky Way

Campbell, John B. (2004) The potential for archaeology within and beyond the habitable zones (HZs) of the Milky Way. In: Proceedings of the 213th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union (213), pp. 505-510. From: Bioastronomy 2002: life among the stars, 8-12 July 2002, Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

As archaeology is established on Earth and we are actively exploring the Solar System and beyond) there is the potential to develop a number of forms of exo-archaeology. The archaeology of the things intelligent species do in theory could be practised anywhere, provided one can detect the evidence. Sites are being created by us elsewhere within our star's habitable zone (HZ), namely on the Moon and Mars, and at least molecular traces of human-created probes are being left beyond the HZ (Venus, Jupiter etc.). The successful detection of extrasolar planets and the possible identification of HZs round other stars raise the possibility for the development of extrasolar archaeology, at least initially by remote sensing techniques. Within the Milky Way the main region to investigate is the galactic habitable zone (GHZ), though there could be archaeological traces of technological behaviours beyond it.

Item ID: 5026
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: archaeology; bioastronomy
ISBN: 978-1-58381-171-9
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2009 04:15
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2101 Archaeology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9403 International Relations > 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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