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Giant Archaeological Trove Found Via Google Earth 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the who-needs-to-go-outside-anyway dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Using detailed satellite imagery available through Google Earth, Australian researchers have discovered what may be tombs that are thousands of years old in remote stretches of Saudi Arabia (abstract). 'Kennedy scanned 1240 square kilometers in Saudi Arabia using Google Earth. From their birds-eye view he found 1977 potential archaeological sites, including 1082 "pendants" — ancient tear-drop shaped tombs made of stone. According to Kennedy, aerial photography of Saudi Arabia is not made available to most archaeologists, and it's difficult, if not impossible, to fly over the nation. "But, Google Earth can outflank them," he says. Kennedy confirmed that the sites were vestiges of an ancient life — rather than vegetation or shadow - by asking a friend in Saudi Arabia, who is not an archaeologist, to drive out to two of the sites and photograph them. By comparing the images with structures that Kennedy has seen in Jordan, he believes the sites may be up to 9000 years old, but ground verification is needed."
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Giant Archaeological Trove Found Via Google Earth

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  • Was it smart? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Z00L00K (682162) on Friday February 04, 2011 @05:06PM (#35106920) Homepage

    To post this on the web? Potential for grave robbers is incredible in that area. And those may be extremely interesting from an archeological point of view.

  • by MozeeToby (1163751) on Friday February 04, 2011 @05:34PM (#35107130)

    But... if you know the ark doubles as a Nazi face melter then it makes more sense to let the Germans take it back to Berlin and open it during a big ceremony for all the top Nazi brass which was their original plan until you sent some idiot with a fedora and a bullwhip in and screwed everything up!

  • by Monchanger (637670) on Friday February 04, 2011 @06:58PM (#35107822) Journal

    Revered as both are by Muslims, the prophet, Muhammad, is not the same as Allah. You're confusing Islam with the nonsense that is Christian dogma.

    If you're aiming for self-righteously arrogant, at least get your facts straight.

    As for "making a buck off him", that doesn't apply to providing an actual service. If you fake evidence of historical fact then yeah you're going to hell. Otherwise, you're just another businessman selling t-shirts and key chains.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.