Archeologists Uncover Treasures Via Google Earth

Lost ruins spotted in Afghan desert
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2008 3:34 AM CDT
Archeologists Uncover Treasures Via Google Earth
Google Earth satellite imagery is being used to explore the otherwise treacherous terrain of Afghanistan to uncover archeological sites.   (Getty Images)

Google Earth has made detailed satellite imagery readily accessible to planetary voyeurs—but academics are also using it to get things done in ways never before possible. A team of university archeologists are uncovering hundreds of sites in the Afghan desert that might never have been discovered on foot, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

"The most important aspect of the work is we'll be able to go to the Afghan archaeological institute and say that these are the sites in this area. You can either go and visit them or you can at least start thinking about trying to protect them," explained one archeologist. (More Google Earth stories.)

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