An Italian weblogger has found the ruins of on old Roman villa in the surroundings of his town… with a little help of Google Earth, and also Google Maps.
The blogger was working with satellite overviews of Parma, while all of the sudden his attention was drawn to some deeper lying shadow lines, while overlooking an agricultural site. He noticed lighter and darker lines that formed a certain structure and reported his findings to some archeologists working at the Parma university.
Those enthousiasts immediately threw some tools in a van and drove to the location in Sorbolo to start ploughing the earth.
It’s there that they have found the remains of the antique villa. Luca Mori, the blogger who discovered this, reported his story to La Repubblica and so got into the headlines of my morning paper. Full Maps link : Here