Late last week I read about a scientific paper scheduled for publication which documented the findings of research on the ancient city of Altinum in Italy (near Venice). The city used to be a thriving Roman City until it was sacked multiple times because of its exposed location. The remains of Altinum have been buried in some fields north of the Venice airport. Rather than try to dig up the site, scientists jhave used satellite and aerial photography to map the locations of the buildings and roads of the city.
Since a brief description of the location and an aerial photo was published, I immediately went searching for the site in Google Earth. Unfortunately, I didn’t find it right away, so I did a quick search and found the location had been shared at the GEC by ‘jean_thie’, and an overlay of the map was made available in the post.
Stefan Geens of OgleEarth.com has published an excellent GE overview of the Altinum findings and includes great tips on using Google Earth (and the historical imagery mode) to delve even further into this interesting archaeological site. Stefan also found more of the researchers material and has overlayed several of their maps in this KML file . I highly recommend reading Stefan’s post.