Though the Nazi threat has gone the way of most of our parents and grandparents, and the Titanic has already been recovered, there is still much adventure for today’s intrepid archaeologist to discover.
If Jones were alive today, he would find that there are many tools, above the requisite whip and fedora, that would make his discoveries quicker and easier to find and giving him more time to elude sinister forces.
Remote Control Drones
If you’re looking for a shipwreck or evil treasure tossed into the depths of the Mariana trench, consider a small robotic submarine. With the ease of playing a video game, you can hang out on your ship and watch video of sunken treasure appear before your eyes.
The best part? Nobody can sabotage your submarine and risk the lives of your crew to drowning or high-pressure exposure. These drones can also work in caves and tunnels, totally avoiding getting smooshed by those perfectly round rolling boulder booby traps.
Not sure which of the tombs in the area is really a hidden passage to the monkey eating death cult and their vast supply of ancient gold? Consider using resistivity imagery.
This new technology pioneered by companies like AGI can give you a view of this site and let you know where there are tunnels, or where the density of rock is different. It’s also great for finding where the bodies of your murdered travel companions were recently buried.
This technology sounds like a plot from a sci-fi film instead of an Indiana Jones movie, but it is in fact true. Muon detectors use deep space particles to find things like hidden doorways in temples.
Whether muons are like mitichlorians from the Star Wars movies or more like the deadly shiny ghost things that came out of the arc of the covenant remains to be seen, however. These detectors can likely help Indy and other archaeologists find long buried alien civilizations or flying saucers that have crashed to Earth.
If Indy could have chosen one cool toy to have, it would have most likely been the space laser. And the good news? Not only are they an archaeological tool used today, but they have been successfully used to discover a city in Cambodia lost for a millenium. Of all the current tools that could be successfully weaponized by the Nazis, this is probably the most likely.