Wednesday, February 25, 2009

When On Google Earth, No. 5

Jason Ur is the winner of When On Google Earth, No. 4. Since he's among the unblogging ones, his contribution, When On Google Earth, No. 5, is here



Jason is upping the technological ante by also providing us with a video clue:





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 to you is to be the first to correctly identify, in the comments below, the site pictured above for the right to host whenonge #6. Good luck!

9 comments:

Dan Diffendale said...

Monte Albán, Oaxaca, Mexico,
floruit 1st-5th centuries CE

Jason Ur said...

We have a winner! Fine work, Dan.

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

The ball in in your court Dan. Don't forget to tag it with "WhenonGE", and let us know where it is.

Dan Diffendale said...

Excellent. Thanks Jason!

When on Google Earth No. 6 is up at Tria Corda -- http://triacorda.blogspot.com/2009/02/when-on-google-earth-no-6.html

Michael E. Smith said...

Figuing that Jason Ur would post a Mesopotamian site, my first thought was that some Mesopotamian city I'm not familiar with looks a lot like a Mesoamerican city. But then I realized that I had been to this site (Monte Alban). But for a Mesoamerican site this one is pretty easy.............

Jason Ur said...

Mike, I thought I was being clever posting a New World city on this blog full of Old Worlders. Apparently it's a bit more diverse around here than I realized...

Michael E. Smith said...

Well, I am bummed out, since I thought that I might actually win with Monte Alban and be able to post a really obscure Mesoamerican urban site. This is a great game, much more fun than writing up excavation reports. I've been looking at lots of Old World urban plans (looking for extensively excavated residential areas), and its great to see the Google Earth images.

Dan Diffendale said...

WhenonGE Number 10:
http://tinyurl.com/bmk25m

Charles Ellwood Jones said...

When on Google Earth, No. 11 is at http://tinyurl.com/bt49o5