The Role of Google Earth in Archeology


Who knew that the gates to ancient mysteries around the globe would be unlocked by Google Earth? The answer to this question is many people but they didn’t expect it to happen this year. Mysterious earthworks have been discovered through search engine’s satellite imagery by both professional and amateur archeologist in the past. This, on the other hand, has led to the discovery of a forgotten fortress in Afghanistan, Roman Ruins and even earthworks in Kazakhstan. These are just some of the few burial sites that have been identified by Google Earth. It has emerged that close to 400 undocumented structures have been discovered in the Arabian Desert through the help of Google Earth. As a result, the stone structures have been referred to as the gates. The archeologists who discovered the stone structures speculate that they could have been built thousands of years ago by the nomadic tribes that lived in the area back then. According to David Kennedy, who is one of the archeologists involved in the discovery, he said that there is a notion that Saudi Arabia is just a desert. He said that people should change this perception as there is a huge archeological treasure in the country. For starters, David Kennedy is an archeologist who hails from the University of Western Australia. He has also authored a paper that will soon appear in the Journal of Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy.

He said that it’s difficult to see these structures from the ground level. However, when you are a hundred feet above, they beautifully stand out and this is why satellite imagery is very important. Dr. Kennedy has been on this mission since 1997 and has been studying the place using planes and helicopters. He notes that little is known about the people who specialized with these structures. He further says that these structures may have been built between 2,000 and 9,000 years ago. However, they speculate that the structures might have been built by the Bedouin people. There are other structures known as the kites that were discovered in the region back in the 1920s. They are referred to as kites as they resemble children kites. The archeologists have speculated that the kites were used for hunting by the nomadic tribes. Once an animal such as a gazelle entered the structure, it wouldn’t be able to find a way out until it was found by its captures. The latest structures extend beyond Saudi Arabia to Syria and Jordan.


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