Sunday, April 19, 2009

When on Google Earth 20

As I got the correct answer to WOGE 19 posted by Lindsay at,
here is my challenge for WOGE 20:

(click for a larger image)

Like previous winners, I too have been fighting with Blogger so I am going to stick to the barest of essentials!

When on Google Earth

Q: What is When on Google Earth?
A: It’s a game for archaeologists, or anybody else willing to have a go!

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!


  1. Since no one appears to have chimed in yet, I'll take a stab:
    Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland.
    60° 8'21.65"N 24°59'14.79"E

    Founded as the Swedish fortress Sveaborg in 1748 in response to Russian naval expansion. Lost to Russia in 1808. Renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918, after Finnish independence in 1917 Russian Revolution. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

  2. SJ McDonough is correct! Well done, it is indeed a part of Suomenlinna/Sveaborg fortress.

  3. Well done!

    I was wondering whether the rules might not benefit from the addition of the idea that in posting a new one, the quizmaster (or whatever the technical term is) should give some kind of more-or-less cryptic clue to set us off in at least some sort of direction. I enjoyed WOGE 19 so much precisely because of trying to untangle the tangled preamble which I misread. When I'd done it I found the comments under the picture... and that it had been solved hours earlier :>)

    With this one I had in my mind "Venetian fortress" and had scanned the south coast of Crete and all the way along the Dalmatian coast before deciding I had work to do.

    Imagine doing a building record of that lot.

  4. Hmmm. Not sure about clues ... they are certainly good for keeping up interest if attempts at solution have stalled after a few days, but otherwise? WOGE 20 was solved pretty quickly without any clue, and I got the answer to WOGE 19 before noticing the Billy Elliot clue. Personally I quite like working totally in the dark on a new challenge, so I guess I'd leave clues to the discretion of the quizmaster.

  5. I appreciate Paul's comments! I agree, though, that I think it may have to depend on the poster.

    Personally, I can't help but shower readers with incidental context, in an ill-disguised attempt to indoctrinate them into my current obsessions (I'd make a rotten poker player). But it's also arguable that a stark overhead of walls and rocks is the purest expression of WOGE...

    South Shields, I think, is quite recognizable to those who know the area (I found, when I tested it even on a non-archaeological native), but I wanted to plug it for its associations. On the other hand, WOGE 20 had me (like many, I suspect) learning new things about 'trace italienne' fortifications and early modern geopolitics, without even getting the answer...

    I've got a real corker lined up, if I'm bright enough to be quizmaster again...

  6. South Shields looked "familiar" - but for some reason I had a conviction it was one of the sites in Wales.