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Robotic Dog Designed in Boston Patrols the Ruins of Pompeii to Help Preserve Relics

• Andy Corbley-goodnewsnetwork

A robotic pooch built by Boston Dynamics to help archeologists in many ways, SPOT will spend most of the days wandering around Pompeii identifying structural and safety issues.

Pompeii is a delicate site, and in 2013 UNESCO almost placed it under the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

Not only are the ruins in need of constant monitoring for various forms of degradation, but over the years it's also been lousy with graverobbers, or tombaroli who skip the line to visit the site and opt for digging long tunnels underneath Pompeii to unearth artifacts to sell to the global antiquities market.