Tuesday, September 29, 2009

When on Google Earth 72

I came across the solution to Oliver's WOGE 71 by accident (though of course I should have known it anyway!) — it's the Kassite palace mound at Dur-Kurigalzu (mod. Aqar Quf), near Baghdad, Iraq —, so here is something quite different as my challenge for WOGE 72:

If you can identify this site and its main period of occupation, then post your comment below. You can always join the new Facebook group to keep up to date with WOGE. I'm still having trouble inserting the list of previous winners and sites chosen so far, but you'll find an almost up-to-date version at the link to WOGE 71 given above.

The Rules of When on Google Earth are as follows:

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. A clue: the site has been in the news in recent months, at least in archaeological circles.

  2. The site is Hippos, also known as Sussita. It was occupied in the Roman and Byzantine periods.

  3. Well done, Todd - Hippos is correct, so over to you for WOGE 72.

  4. Oops, that should be "over to you for WOGE 73".

  5. Thanks, Heather. I have posted WOGE 73 at: