24 April, 2010

When on Google Earth 92 #2

The anonymous winner of WOGE92 has declined to take up their prize, and has suggested re-posting this competition with a new puzzle.


So when on Google Earth is this site?

. . . . a site plan . . .

Here are the rules

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!

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!

Good luck . . . .


Geoff Carter said...

Since nobody has even had a guess in the last two weeks, I will put up a clue tomorrow, Saturday May 8th.

Timothy Reid said...

Hi Geoff

How about Windmill hill c. 3500 bc

Geoff Carter said...

'Hill' I like, but only on topographical grounds, and 'Windmill' is very much an anachronism.
Nor is it belong to a Neolithic, it's far more of a Marxist culture.

archaeology said...

How about Windmill hill c. 3500 bc please explain

Geoff Carter said...

'Windmill Hill Culture' is a term once used for a phase of the Neolithic in England.

While the site is a hill it is not Neolithic, but pre-dates the use of Windmills in the area.

The rest of the comment is a cryptic clue to the cultural phase of this site.

It will time for more clues soon, as usual I am surprised nobody has got it yet [. . come on Heather!]

Anonymous said...

Hey, I keep looking but I'm struggling with this one!

Geoff Carter said...

If you are all at sea with this one, try turning left!

luckylibbet said...

Another clue, please?

Geoff Carter said...

It belongs to a Culture that sounds Cuban. .... but isn't!

Geoff Carter said...

ome on everyone, this is getting embarrassing!

Lets review the evidence.

It is a hill fort, with circular buildings, and is slightly urban in nature.
Some of the defences are stone built.
The vegetation is slightly scrubby, and the area looks a bit dry, but not too arid.
It has a good tarmac road, car park and modern structures on the summit.

I am a specialist in European prehistory, and I took the plan from a well known text.

So you are looking for a hill fort with round buildings and stone built defences, in one of the dryer areas of Europe, which is of a tourist attraction locally, of some international interest.

So the answer is . . .

Lee said...

Got it!
Citânia de Briteiros in north Portugal. Castro Culture; late Bronze/Iron Age.

Geoff Carter said...

Brilliant! Well done Lee, it is indeed Citânia de Briteiros, an Iron Age Oppidum in Portugal, with BA and medieval phases.

So it's over to you, I look forward to WOGE 93.

luckylibbet said...

Finally! I never have a hope of identifying the sites, but I get frustrated no end when you professionals cannot come up with the answer. Thanks for the identification, and off to search what info I can find on the site. Looking forward to being frustrated with Lee's choice of site.

Geoff Carter said...

I think if you had had a guess at 'Castro' culture from my clues about Cuba/Marxism you would be halfway there.

From the form of the site, and this is were a good general archaeological knowledge comes in, you can discern the type/period.

Most of us post well known sites, -the trick is to work out the country/part of the world.

Knowing your way round the internet helps, as does a little persistence; I rarely know the actual site instantly.

Lee said...

Thanks, Geoff!
Just to let you all know that I've now posted WOGE93 on my very new blog...