WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Since that time, Tynes has been a frequent Indiana Jones-style figure at ancient Eleon — an agricultural valley one hour north of Athens, Greece — as he pilots Wellesley's two drones in soaring assignments over the dig site. Wellesley College students on winter and summer breaks join him, Burns, and an international team of researchers in unearthing and analyzing materials from the Late Bronze Age (1700 BCE), the Classical Era (500 BCE) and the Ottoman Empire (1400 CE). "The drones have the ability to quickly get a bird's eye view of the archaeological site and take pictures," says Wellesley senior Shane Cox, who is a Classics major and also a licensed drone pilot trained by Tynes. "We can use the photos to get a clearer idea of how different structures Tynes consults with faculty members across disciplines to equip drones with software and small payloads for assignments relating to geographic mapping, atmospheric data acquisition, videography, and simulations of search and rescue. As the "pilot in command," he has passed an FAA two-hour examination on knowledge very similar to that required of recreational pilots and is bound by a variety of regula- tions imposed by the agency. "Generally, no one may fly a drone over 55 pounds, within five miles of an airport, over certain types of events (crowds of people), or 400 feet above ground level," he says. "There is additional nuance to these rules, especially when you have a license and can read maps of airspace." Tynes' first foray into utilizing the devices in academia took place far from home, assisting Wellesley College students in archaeological fieldwork. As he explains it, "Bryan Burns [associate professor of clas- sical studies] co-directs the Eastern Boeotia Archaeological Project in Greece and purchased our first drone about five years ago in hopes of gathering aerial images of the excavation process. Back then, drones were far from automated and very difficult to fly. I was consulted as technical support." A polygonal block wall at the Eleon, Greece excavation. ( B O T T O M ) C O U R T E S Y O F B R Y A N B U R N S / E B A P ; ( T O P ) C O U R T E S Y O F J O R D A N T Y N E S / E B A P ; ( B A C K G R O U N D ) D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T Wellesley College students receive instruction on drone exercises in Greece. 52 Drones Over Wellesley W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8

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