Exploring ancient Syrian trade routes in Google Earth

The University of Cincinnati’s Kristina Neumann has been using Google Earth to explore the boundaries of ancient Antioch during the beginning of Roman takeover.  She’s created the maps herself, using a variety of sources:

“I trace the process of change by working with historical proxies, in this case coins,” says Neumann, a doctoral candidate in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Department of Classics. “I created my own database from previously published excavation reports and lists of coin hoards, and imported it to Google Earth. My criteria are so detailed that I can see all the coins for a particular emperor or of a particular material.”


Kristina recently presented her work, “Using Google Earth to Visualize an Ancient City’s Influence: Roman Antioch”, to more than 3,000 attendees at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and American Philological Association in Chicago. In addition, she has created a variety of videos to showcase the work. You can view them all on the University of Cincinnati’s YouTube Channel here, or watch her first video below:

You can read more about Kristina’s work on this article on the University of Cincinnati’s website.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.

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