Enthusiast uses Google to reveal Roman ruins, from Nature

Using satellite images from Google Maps and Google Earth, an Italian computer programmer has stumbled upon the remains of an ancient villa.

Mori, who describes the finding on his blog, Quellí Della Bassa, contacted archaeologists, including experts at the National Archaeological Museum of Parma. They confirmed the find. At first it was thought to be a Bronze Age village, but an inspection of the site turned up ceramic pieces that indicated it was a Roman villa.

Sadly, I can’t get that blog to resolve.

I wrote a while back that Google Maps has enabled Googlehackers to reinvent GIS. What I didn’t realize at the time was that it has the potential to open up satellite-platform imagery analysis as well.