Google-mapping Ancient Mexico

The ruins of Uxmal.

Blogging will remain light while I soak up the last two weeks of summer with my kids. Besides, there’s a giant black hole in the internet from about now until after all the kids are back in school, so traffic is very low in late August. I’m not even sure you’re reading this right now. Are you sure you’re reading this right now?

Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) is cooperating with Google to created street views and detailed maps of the major archaeological sites in the country. The results are already up for you to see, and more are on the way. You can check out Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Teotihuacan, Palenque, and others.

The project was started about two years ago, and 30 sites are now online. Google gathered the images by having people pedal around the ruins in big tricycles equipped with  cameras, which is why you’ll see the occasional puzzled bystander staring straight at you. There could be 80 sites online by the end of this year, and eventually 189 INAH sites will be covered.

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  • http://ourladyofashes.blogspot.com David Mayeux

    I am, in fact, reading this right now, but I probably won’t be reading this when you read this.

  • victor

    Am I sure I’m writing this right now? I can’t be sure of anything, but I’m sure that I’d be all over that Google Street View story if their minivans captured images of Aztec kids planking as they drove by.


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