Remote sensing by using satellites of detecting possible, and probable, archaeological sites, is the subject of this story on the BBC.
I love, as an archaeologist, as well as an academic, the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approach that is being taken to further our knowledge about everything. In particular, archaeology has benefited from advanced in technology, and it matters not whether or not the geographical location be replete with tropical rain forest, as in the case of Maya sites and sites in the Amazon, or in the deserts of Egypt, or Syria.
Human habitation has been continuous for six or seven thousand, or even more than ten thousand years, in some of these archaeological "cradles" of civilization. Imagine what could be learned from these sites about ancient Syrian societies and cultures.
If only archaeologists could work in peace, alas.