Google Earth used to identify nearly 2,000 archaeological sites

Published on February 4th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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With the help of Google Earth’s satellite imagery, archaeologists have identified nearly 2,000 sites of interest.

Google Earth has revealed 1977 potential archaeological sites, including 1082 “pendants” – ancient tear-drop shaped tombs made of stone, in Saudi Arabia.

“It’s not the easiest country to break into,” New Scientist quoted David Kennedy from the University of Western Australia, who found the sites.

He compared the images with structures that Kennedy has seen in Jordan and thinks the sites may be 9000 years old but said ground verification would be required to confirm the number.

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