Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the area has been left holding the proverbial bag—which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to… » 8/25/14 4:54pm 8/25/14 4:54pm

An Algorithm Revealed 200 Lost Paintings on Angkor Wat's Ancient Walls

Even a building as famous and photographed as Angkor Wat has its secrets. With the help of an image enhancement algorithm, a sharp-eyed rock-art researcher has revealed that unassuming smears of pigment are actually faded drawings. It could be graffiti—or it could be the remnants of a concerted 16th century… » 5/29/14 5:20pm 5/29/14 5:20pm

A Ticket to the End of the World

If you've watched with envy as the internet fills up with endless photo galleries of abandoned buildings in Detroit, perhaps now is your time to get in on the action: for the low, low price of only $45, you can buy a ticket and take locally-run "tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools." A Detroit ruin tour… » 12/27/13 1:00pm 12/27/13 1:00pm

Parts of New York City Are Built on the Ruins of English Cathedrals

Last week, Jalopnik's Michael Ballaban posted about what is easily one of my favorite urban stories of all time, which is that parts of Manhattan are actually built on the wartime ruins of English towns—churches, homes, pubs, libraries, shops, and businesses—all shipped to the U.S. as ballast during World War II. » 12/23/13 11:00am 12/23/13 11:00am

Searching for Dead Geometries Amidst the Trees

As the analytical tools of archaeology rapidly shift toward the use of non-invasive, digital visualization—including such things as ground-penetrating radar and LiDAR—we're seeing more and more examples of archaeologists setting off into distant landscapes, drones in hand. » 12/19/13 11:20am 12/19/13 11:20am

Colorful Desert Ruins Consumed by Waves of Sand

Photographer Romain Veillon recently traveled to the deserts of Namibia, where he photographed the abandoned village of Kolmanskop, an extraordinarily evocative collection of old wooden houses now filled with waves of sand. » 11/18/13 10:20am 11/18/13 10:20am

The Technology of Archaeology

Following on from this weekend's International Archaeology Day, Gizmodo thought we'd take a quick look at some of the uses of digital technology in discovering, researching, and documenting historic sites, from the ancient to the comparatively recent, from the urban to the rural. It's our own day of archaeology here… » 10/21/13 1:07pm 10/21/13 1:07pm

Ever Wonder What Happened to the Water-Parks of Your Childhood?

Waterparks are a much-beloved pastime for those who endured those sticky summer days. With the dreaded heat and humidity just around the corner, reading the blog post at Vice's Motherboard on abandoned water-parks is the perfect way to prepare yourself. The post by Michael Byrne chronicles the sad stories of water… » 3/22/12 7:20pm 3/22/12 7:20pm