Specialist despite myself: An interview with Jacques Dassié

Manuel d'archéologie aérienne de Jacques Dassié

ArkeoTopia initially contacted Jacques Dassié when he participated in the 2017 edition of the Wiki Loves Monuments photographic contest. On the occasion of the 2020 edition, our journalist Justine Janpaule grabbed her chance for an exclusive interview to find out more about his beginnings as a French pioneer of aerial archaeology. We take a look back at his passion that came about by chance and resulted in photos that will benefit the entire scientific community when they are released on Wikimedia Commons in a few months’ time.

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The oldest instruments in the world?

Several archaeological sites in the Swabian Jura, Germany, have led to the discovery of Paleolithic flutes in recent decades. In 2012, precise dating showed that these flutes are probably the oldest known human musical instruments.

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What was Cocoliztli?

A team of German researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the Institute for Archaeological Sciences of Tubingen University could have identified the nature of the disease that decimated the Aztecs in the 16th century.

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