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Exploring Ancient Ruins in 3D with Google Earth – Imagery Update Adds Improved Water Bodies and Comprehensive Local Park Coverage for UK Germany, Finland and Sweden

In this videos of about how people have used Google to discover or do something extraordinary — Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia turned to Google Earth to aid his search for ancient sites across the Middle East.

“From his office chair in Perth, Professor Kennedy has remotely identified thousands of archaeological sites without having to step foot on Saudi Arabian or Yemeni soil. Historically it has been difficult to undertake ground surveys and aerial photographs of these areas are seldom available for research, making the countries some of the least explored archaeologically. By carefully studying satellite imagery of the Arabian peninsula in Google Earth, Professor Kennedy has unearthed an enormous record of archaeological sites, from ancient geoglyphs to stone Wheels to Pendant-shaped tombs and animal traps called kites that could be up to 9,000 years old,” informs Google.

Also, Google announced updated maps for the UK, Germany, Finland and Sweden is now available. “You may notice many improvements to Google Maps in these countries, such as improved water bodies and more comprehensive local park coverage. Many of these and other changes are the result of us working directly with a variety of organizations, agencies and data providers,” blogged Maps team exec.

Also, note that starting today, the “Report a Problem” tool will appear in the lower right corner of the map for the UK, Germany, Finland and Sweden.

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