When on Google Earth #70

Here it is: the seventieth installation of When on Google Earth, the second time it’s been hosted on this blog. I must admit to not knowing much about this particular site, but I did visit it briefly a few years ago, and can assure you that it is very cool. One quick hint to get the ball rolling: as with WOGE 69, this site is in a country that has not yet been featured in this game.


The Rules of When on Google Earth are as follows:
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!

# Host: Victor: Site: Period:
1 Shawn Graham Chuck Jones Takht-i Jamshid / Persepolis terrace, Iran Achaemenid period
2 Chuck Jones PDD Church of Saint Simeon at Qalat Siman, Syria 5th-6th c. CE
2.1 Chuck Jones Paul Zimmerman Qal’at al-Bahrain 16th c. CE
3 Paul Zimmerman Heather Baker Baraqish (Yathill), Yemen Minaean (1st millennium BCE)
4 Heather Baker Jason Ur Mohenjo Daro, Pakistan ca. 2600-1900 BCE
5 Jason Ur Dan Diffendale Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico 1st-5th centuries CE
6 Dan Diffendale Claire of Geevor Mine Segontium, Caernarfon, Wales 77ish to about 390 CE
7 Claire of Geevor Mine Ivan Cangemi Carn Euny, UK ca. 500 BCE-100 CE
8 Ivan Cangemi Southie Sham Monks Mound (Cahokia), IL, USA fl. 1050-1200
9 Southie Sham Dan Diffendale Gergovia, France fl. 1st c. BCE
10 Dan Diffendale Dorothy King Kastro Larissa/Argos, Greece ca. 1100 CE
11 Dorothy King Daniel Pett Utica, Tunisia C8th BCE– C2nd CE
12 Daniel Pett Neil Silberman Caesarea Maritima, Israel 1st century CE–Present
13 Neil Silberman Chuck Jones Graceland, Memphis, TN, USA 1939 CE–Present
14 Chuck Jones Aphaia Bam Citadel, Iran pre-C 6th BC–C19thCE
15 Aphaia Daniel Pett Myrina, Lemnos, Greece Classical Greek–present
16 Daniel Pett Paul Barford Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka 1st century BCE
17 Paul Barford Scott McDonough Rosetta (Rashid), Egypt Ptolemaic, Mamluk
18 Scott McDonough Lindsay Allen Ani, Turkey Medieval, C10th-14th CE
19 Lindsay Allen Heather in Vienna South Shields, England, UK Roman Imperial
20 Heather Scott McDonough Suomenlinna/Sveaborg fortress, Finland 1748-present
21 Scott McDonough Chuck Jones Derbent, Republic of Dagestan Sasanian-present
22 Chuck Jones Paul Barford Amphitheatre of Aquincum, Hungary Roman
23 Paul Barford Geoff Carter The Cursus, (Stonehenge) Wiltshire Neolithic
24 Geoff Carter Ferhan Sakal The Heuneburg, South Germany Iron Age
25 Ferhan Sakal Lindsay Allen Sura, Syria Roman
26 Lindsay Allen Andrea Kay Bannerman Castle, Hudson River, US C20th
27 Andrea Kay David Powell Taposiris Magna, Alexandria, Egypt C1st bce
28 David Powell Billy Ross Abbey, Galway, Ireland Medieval
29 Billy Geoff Carter Great Zimbabwe, Africa C11th – 14th ce
30 Geoff Carter Heather Elsdon Castle, England C11th – 12th ce
31 Heather Geoff Carter Volubilis, Morocco Roman
32 Geoff Carter Paul Barford Su Nuraxi, Barumini, Sardinia C15th – 6th bce
33 Paul Barford Ferhan Sakal Arkona, Germany Medieval
34 Ferhan Sakal Heather Arslantepe, Turkey Chalcolithic – Byzantine
35 Heather Ferhan Sakal Mahabodhi Temple Complex, India 3rd century B.C. – 6th CE
36 Ferhan Sakal Billy Borobudur, Buddhist shrine, Indonesia 9th century B.C. – 6th CE
37 Billy Ferhan Sakal Browns Island, New Zealand c. 13th century – 1820
38 Ferhan Sakal Andrea Kay Bat, Al-Khutm and Al-Ayn, Oman 3rd millennium B.C.
39 Andrea Kay Matt B. Serabit el-Khadim, Egypt 2nd millennium B.C.
40 Matt B. Andrea Kay Valsgärde grave field, Sweden Swedish Vendel /Iron Age
41 Andrea Kay Lindsay Allen Siwa oasis, Egypt fourth century B.C. -Roman
42 Lindsay Allen David Gill Castle of Pont Steffan, Wales, UK Medieval
43 David Gill Nigel Hay Castle, Wales, UK 12th century
44 Nigel Heather Olympos, Turkey Hellenistic – Roman
45 Heather Ferhan Sakal Carnuntum, Austria Roman
46 Ferhan Sakal Troels Myrup Knossos, Greece Bronze Age
47 Troels Myrup Alun Salt Aggersborg, Denmark Viking
48 Alun Salt Geoff Carter Marsala, Sicillia. Punic/Roman
49 Geoff Carter Matt B Springfield Lyons, UK LBA (/Saxon)
50 MattB Geoff Carter Kalkriese in Osnabrück, Germany Roman
51 Geoff Carter Ferhan Sakal Grimes Graves, Norfolk, UK Late neolithic
52 Ferhan Sakal Oliver Mack Heraqla, ar-rashid,syria Late C8 ce
53 Oliver Mack Matt B Welzheim, Germany Roman
54 Matt B Geoff Carter Birka, Sweden Viking
55 Geoff Carter Heather Nemrut Dagi, Turkey C1 bce
56 Heather Geoff Carter Choirokoitia, Cyprus. Neolithic
57 Geoff Carter Jaime Woodhenge, UK Late Neolithic
58 Jaime Geoff Carter Gorgora Nova, Ethiopia, C17th (ce).
59 Geoff Carter Nathan T.Elkins Firouabad, Iran C3rd ce
60 Nathan Elkins
Paul Barford Portus, Italy Roman
61 Paul Barford
Heather Delos, Greece Classical-Hellenistic Greek
62 Heather
Geoff Carter Gordion, Turkey 1500-700 BCE
63 Geoff Carter
CFeagans Vix, France 6th-5th C BCE
64 CFeagans
Alun Salt Newark Great Circle, OH 100 BCE
65 Alun Salt
Eloy Cano Agra, India 1556-1658
66 Eloy Cano
Troels Myrup Göbekli Tepe, Turkey 10-8th millennium BCE
67 Troels Myrup
Heather Kanhave canal, Samsø, Denmark 8th c. CE/Viking
68 Heather
Troels Myrup Butrint, Albania 10th c. BCE-18th c. CE
69 Troels Myrup
Paul Zimmerman Birketain, Jordan Roman

14 Comments Add Yours ↓

  1. Matt B #

    Seems like we need another hint…

  2. 2

    Ok, the picture shows a group of monuments in an archaeological park at the edge of a mid-sized town in a Spanish speaking country. I cropped the picture to show some of the surrounding streets, in hopes that that would make it easier to identify.

  3. Paul Barford #

    I think actually we need another clue, in fact the resolution is not good enough to work out if the archaeological site is the white thingy, and if so whether its an odd-shaped monument (Mayan observatory?), or a modern building over an excavation – or indeed whether the site is somewhere else on the photo. So in what Spanish-speaking country do they have a roundabout fetish?

  4. 4

    I’d hate to see this game die on my site, so I’m glad to see that someone’s paying attention.

    The monuments are all contained in the archaeological park between the roads, in the wooded area and the field—hill, actually—to the east. They’re not particularly visible from the air, but that’s the nature of this kind of structure. The buildings that you see are modern.

    The Spanish-speaking country with the roundabout fetish would be none other than Spain, itself.

  5. Shawn #

    Vitoria-Gasteiz, in the north? Just a shot in the dark…

  6. 6

    Nope; I don’t think that there’s anything there nearly old enough. (And that’s another hint.)

  7. 7

    I give up! (But apparently “I give up!” is to short a comment for wordpress). So, really: Uncle! What site is it?

  8. Shawn #

    ….I think there’s a comment in here somewhere on the anglosphere knowledge of Spanish archaeology, since we are all so stumped!

  9. 9

    You’re probably partially right, but I’ll bet the biggest problem is that this one was hosted on my little backwater of a blog. So, would either you or Chuck like to host the next WOGE?

  10. Jennifer Pournelle #

    Gimme the weekend to play with this first!

  11. 11

    Sounds good to me. If no-one has figured this out by Monday, I’ll post the answer and let someone else host the next installment.

  12. Oliver Mack #

    i found it by chance:
    it’s the CUEVA DE MENGA / DE VIERA in Antequera, a burial mound of the 3rd millenium BC.

  13. 13

    We have a winner! It’s a little site, but very interesting. If you’re traveling around Andalusia, do take the time to stop by and see it. You’ll be glad you did.

    Oliver, you get to host WoGE #71. Post the link here, and on the WoGE Facebook page, and hopefully we can get the ball rolling again.

  14. 14

    The ball will roll on to a comparingly huge site in another new WOGE country at

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