Saturday 18 April 2009

Possibly... 'When on Google Earth 19'...

I guessed right here:

Blogger and I don't really get on, but here, I hope, is a specially-created WOGE-19 staging post.

When on Google Earth

Q: What is When on Google Earth?
A: It’s a game for archaeologists, or anybody else willing to have a go!

Q: How do you play it?
A: Simple, you try to identify the site in the picture.

Q: Who wins?
A: The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game.

Q: What does the winner get?
A: The winner gets bragging rights and the chance to host the next When on Google Earth on his/her own blog!


My first choice was foiled by lamentable Google Earth coverage of the West coast of Ireland. My second option looked, frankly, great. But... it was a walled city in a desert, and we've had a few of those.

The third choice has a very faint connection with the second, but is a little bit different. It also has a faint connection (in my head) with Jamie Bell, of Billy Elliot fame (this is more of a clue). Hopefully it won't appear too cheesy or obvious to WOGE-ers. (A fourth, even more urban site, still with a connection to choice two - are you following this? - occurred to me, but is probably way too famous; I'll reveal the stream of associations at the end).

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Expecting a solution by sunrise...


  1. Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields, England.Founded c. 160AD, Tigris boatmen stationed there c. 350AD.

  2. Lightning fast - over to you Heather!

    I'll post again with the extra commentary, after running around Central Park...

  3. I thought it might be in Britain, good get!

    What was the walled city in the desert you were considering? I'm curious.

  4. Your post had put me in mind of Dura Europos, but I thought somewhere in the Middle East might be a bit predictable for me, so I went for something outside my usual remit.

    I'm rather fond of Arbeia, not just because it housed recruits from the Eastern frontier, but also because of this bilingual tombstone:

    The site itself is your bog standard camp, but has reconstructed buildings (and as you know, I'm obsessed with 'reconstructions' in the middle of sites right now).

    The random Jamie Bell connection is merely an excuse to plug Kevin MacDonald's attempt to film 'The Eagle of the Ninth' (... same frontier), for which he's cast Mr. Bell.

    I"ll post my other urban site above. It's a bit sad.

    Of course, I thought of one completely off-the-wall option in the middle of the night, but needed to get this off my hands quickly, as I'm buried in internet-free archives from tomorrow.

  5. And your West of Ireland site?

  6. After fiddling with blogger for some time, here (I hope) is When On Google Earth 20:

  7. That was a multi-period set of remains on the slopes of Slievemore mountain on Achill, which is a great site - bit more of a challenging case, too (to get the occupation dates, perhaps). But try as I might, I could only get green & tan pixels. The border to more detail was directly to the East of the mountain, frustratingly.

  8. And I'll save the totally off-the-wall one for if I ever get another shot...