Google Earth helps find 1977 archaeological sites

Google Earth helps find 1977 archaeological sites

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Perth, Australia: David Kennedy at the University of Western Australia claimed that he has found many potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia using satellite images from Google. Kennedy scanned 475 square miles of Saudi Arabia using Google Earth and found 1977 potential archaeological sites, including 1082 “pendants” — ancient tear-drop shaped stone tombs, NewScientist.com reported.

Aerial photography of Saudi Arabia is not available to most archaeologists, Kennedy said, and it is difficult, if not impossible, to get permission to fly over the nation. “But, Google Earth can outflank them,” he said.

Kennedy confirmed the sites were the remains of ancient life, and not just vegetation or shadow, by asking a friend in Saudi Arabia, who is not an archaeologist, to drive out to two of the sites and photograph them.

Comparing the images with structures Kennedy has seen in Jordan, he said he believed the sites may be up to 9,000 years old.

Source: UPI