Metal detectorist finds Bronze Age settlement using Google Earth

A metal detecting enthusiast has amazed archaeologists by uncovering a historic Bronze Age settlement – using just Google Earth. Canny Howard Jones put aside usual methods of finding ancient communities and used the internet instead. He scanned satellite images for the sort of terrain that would have offered food, water and shelter for a prehistoric settlement. Howard used Google’s overheard mapping site to zoom in on fields and farmland before pinpointing a spot in South Hams, Devon. The former Royal Marine then sought permission from the local landowner before heading down there to scour for remains. To his amazement he soon unearthed old flint tools, pottery shards and scraps of metal thought to date back 5,000 years.

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