Archaeologists in Space

Readers of this blog might recall a post we did some years ago on David Kennedy, the aerial archaeologist who works in the Jordan. David's book Ancient Jordan from the Air is on the SwB website.

And today's Hindustan Times carried a small news item, Massive archaeological trove found via Google Earth on David. This is excerpted from a longer article that appeared in the New Scientist magazine (who have, incidentally and regrettably, stopped publishing their Indian edition) by Wendy Zukerman.

David has basically taken his expertise to an even higher plane. Instead of flying around the countryside looking like a latter-day Indiana Jones, he has been scanning Google Earth... More sedate, but it allows him to go where few archaeologists have gone before. For instance, the Rub' al Khali, which he can explore in the air-conditioned comfort of his office in Perth, Australia. Speaking to Zuckerman, he said he scanned about 1240 square kilometres in Saudi Arabia using Google Earth. From their birds-eye view he found 1,977 potential archaeological sites, including 1,082 "pendants" -- ancient tear-drop shaped tombs made of stone.

If one can discern so much in so empty a spot as the Saudi desert, there should be a quite a bit for the picking if one were to carefully scan India from up there...