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Monumental structure found via satellite at Petra

High-resolution satellite imagery of the ancient site of Petra in Jordan has revealed traces of a previously unknown monument. The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with

Satellites used to identify “hot spots” of organized looting in Egypt

Researchers are using satellite imagery to identify hot spots of organized looting activity in Egypt. The closest comparison is Swiss cheese: holes in vast swaths of land where looters, armed with machine guns and bulldozers, take to ancient archaeological sites in search of loot. To the untrained eye, these holes, visible

Spy satellites reveal Roman fortifications

Declassified spy satellite images have lead to the discovery of ancient Roman walls and fortifications in Romania. Archaeologists from two United Kingdom universities examining declassified spy photos rediscovered part of a what they believe is a series of Roman fortifications dating back to the 2nd century A.D. Although parts of the ruins

Spy satellite imagery reveals ancient landscape

Researchers have developed a new method to identify ancient human settlements by using satellite imagery. Beyond the impressive mounds of earth, known as tells in Arabic, that mark lost cities, researchers have found a way to give archaeologists a broader perspective of the ancient landscape. By combining spy-satellite photos obtained in

Thousands of geoglyphs found in Middle East

Satellite imagery has revealed thousands of geoglyphs in Jordan. Referred to by archaeologists as "wheels," these stone structures have a wide variety of designs, with a common one being a circle with spokes radiating inside. Researchers believe that they date back to antiquity, at least 2,000 years ago. They are often

Google Earth used to identify nearly 2,000 archaeological sites

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

Help find the tomb of Genghis Khan

Wired has posted an interesting article on how you can help in the search for Genghis Khan's tomb by studying satellite imagery from the comfort of your own home. By combining the use of high tech tools and crowdsourcing, their small team of explorers, led by Albert Lin, turns into