Thursday, February 26, 2009

When on Google Earth, No. 6


Q: What is When on Google Earth?
A: It’s a game for archaeologists.

Q: How do you play it?
A: Simple, you try to identify the site in the picture.

Q: Who wins?
A: The first person to correctly identify the site, including its major period of occupation, wins the game.

Q: What does the winner get?
A: The winner gets bragging rights and the chance to host the next When on Google Earth on his/her own blog!

Like so much in archaeology, this game comes to us from our methodological cousins in geology. Shawn Graham adopted their game, and modified it for our use at whenonge #1. Chuck Jones had the first correct answer, and then hosted whenonge #2. The mysterious and elusive PDD got #2 right but dropped the ball and never claimed his prize, so Chuck struck back with whenonge #2.1. Paul Zimmerman got the correct answer to #2.1 and hosted whenonge # 3. Heather Baker got the correct answer to #3 and hosted whenonge # 4, and Jason Ur won that round. His challenge of whenonge # 5 was over at AWBG, and I won that, so here we are... be the first to correctly identify the site above and its major period of occupation in the comments below and you can host your own!

In bocca al lupo!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Could be any one of a thousand sites in Britain...

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

Actually it can ONLY be one of a thousand sites in Britain...

Anonymous said...

Looks like a Roman military camp, but who knows where?

Anonymous said...

Definitely Britain. They're driving on the left and as the romans never made it to Ireland or the Pacific Rim; one can only assume that it is somewhere in England or Wales.

claire said...

It's Segonitum, Caernarfon Wales! and why i remember that is beyond me!

Dan said...

I think Claire is right, the plan has been rotated around. Good site! Mortimer Wheeler wrote about the fort and it is part of Agricola's legacy.
Dan

Dan Diffendale said...

Good memory, Claire! It is indeed Segontium -- but the rules say that you must specify the major period of occupation... so you just need to add that in, and you've got it.

Shawn Graham said...

One of the benefits of this game is how it leads you to new and interesting blogs, and the work of folks unfamiliar to me. I'm looking forward to Whenonge #7!

Dan Diffendale said...

If there's no word from Claire by noon EST tomorrow, I'll post a new clue...

claire said...

sorry no interweb, its Roman from 77ish to about 390 AD.

Dan Diffendale said...

No problem, you've got it! Congratulations, Claire, you've won the right to host When on Google Earth 7... be sure to let us know where to find it.

claire said...

ok great, I will put it up by the end of monday.. watch this space.

claire said...

when on google earth, no 7 can now be found at http://geevor.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/when-on-google-earth-no-7/