Remember Luca Mori? Last year, he discovered remains of a Roman villa while perusing Google Maps. This proved to be an inspiration to UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist Scott Madry, reports The News & Observer:
After reading about the Italian man’s good luck, Madry got out his laptop, fired up Google Earth and looked over lands in Burgundy near his research area. Google Earth displays that area in particularly good resolution. Immediately he spotted features that, to his trained eye, resembled outlines of Iron Age, Bronze Age, ancient Roman and medieval residences, forts, roads and monuments.
“I’ve spent 25 years in this region of France,” Madry said. “In the whole time, I’ve found a handful of archaeological sites. I found more in the first five, six, seven hours than I’ve found in years of traditional field surveys and aerial archaeology.”
One quarter of them proved to be new finds. But the best news is here:
When [Madry] reported preliminary findings at the international Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference this spring, other researchers took notice. Those who work in countries where aerial photographs are forbidden or restricted for security reasons are particularly curious. Madry was encouraged to teach the technique at next spring’s gathering.
(With profound apologies for the title of this post.)