Tuesday, April 20, 2010

OVER 1,000 PREHISTORIC SITES VISIBLE ON GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Following the recent expansion of Google Street View to most of the UK's roads, a website called the Megalithic Portal has created a comprehensive map of prehistoric and ancient sites, all found on the Street View service.

"I realized we could use our web resource to pinpoint ancient stones, barrows and other sites on Google Street View, so I launched a competition to see who could find the most sites.", explains Andy Burnham, the founder of the Megalithic Portal.

In just four weeks amateur archaeologists have found over 1000 ancient sites visible from the roadside, including 550 sites in England, and over 300 in Wales and Scotland put together. Amanda Gough from Cardiff is one of the volunteers: "This really gives you an idea of just how many ancient sites are still around and visible. Many people probably don't realize that they are driving or walking past
ancient monuments on a regular basis. It's amazing to think that out there beside our busy roads is thousands of years of history just waiting to be discovered."

The Megalithic Portal has created a map of the Street View discoveries at www.megalithic.co.uk/streetview

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