View Before You Go - Archeological Sites on Google Earth
August 29, 2012We use Google Earth a lot. There is a feature that allows you to see your desired location from the street. This is a very useful tool, and can become quite addicting. Make sure you have enough time before you test this great planning feature out. Time has a way of zooming by when using this tool.
Anyway, we learned that the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and Google Mexico teamed up about 4 years ago to create street views of 81 archeological finds that are under the control and protection of the INAH. This is a very ambitious project, and we are thrilled with the results.
Included in the archaeological sites that are available to visit electronically are:
- Teotihuacan and its four neighborhoods (State of Mexico)
- Xochicalco (Morelos)
- Monte Alban (Oaxaca)
- Dzibilchaltún Chichen Itza (Yucatan)
- Tulum (Quintana Roo)
- Tula ( Hidalgo)
- Cholula (Puebla)
- El Tajin (Veracruz)
- Palenque and Bonampak (Chiapas)
- Paquimé (Chihuahua)
- Cuicuilco (Mexico City)
So, give us an example, you say? OK, following is an image of Chichen Itza in Yucatan:
This is a view of Monte Alban in Oaxaca:
Here is a view of Tulum in Quintana Roo:
You can see this tool is incredible. It gives us the ability to view what archeological sites actually look like and plan before you leave your home.