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Google Earth Technology Reinvents Archeology – Saudi Arabia In Depth Discovery


Google Earth is one of the most amazing apps in the world. This app basically gives everyone the ability to use its “Aerial View Mode” and see how every place on Earth looks like. What’s interesting is that while recording high resolution data for maps, Google Earth sometimes makes fascinating discoveries such as the collection of ancient structures in Saudi Arabia.

Google Earth Finds Ancient Structures in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is known for being a total wasteland which contains some of the world’s most amazing archeological sites. Luckily, Google Earth’s aerial images revealed almost 400 never seen before ancient structures that date back to 2,000 and 9,000 years ago.

Technology Reinvents Archeology

Traditionally, archeologic discoveries were done through field work. Archeologists would use different searching patterns while digging which would result in new findings. However, things are so much easier nowadays since scientists and archeologists can use high resolution satellite images which give them some clues on where to dig.

Special Gates

Regarding these new structures, Professor David Kennedy who is a researcher in Classics and Ancient History is categorizing them as “gates”. This is what the professor had to say about these newly discovered structures: “I refer to them as Gates because when you view them from above they look like a simple field gate lying flat, two upright posts on the sides, connected by one or more long bars”.

Another cool thing about these “gates” is the fact that they are not visible at ground level. This means that they would have never been discovered without the help of Google Earth’s satellite images. Lastly, we need to mention that even though Professor Kennedy is the one who is responsible for these new 400 discoveries, he never visited Saudi Arabia in his life! This shows just how much technology is improving our lives.

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