Satellite Images Of 13 Of The Oldest Landmarks On Earth

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Over 100 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of Satellite Images Of 13 Of The Oldest Landmarks On Earth
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Vote up historical landmarks that look even more intriguing from space than they do on Earth.

Looking at an ancient landmark is the closest we can get to understanding what it was like to live in a location thousands of years ago. Whether we visit a site in person or study images of ancient structures, it might not be easy to get the full picture. 

This is where technology can help.

Satellite images of some of the oldest landmarks on the planet allow for a glimpse of a historical place from above. It's like peeking in from the ether and seeing it in a completely different context. The vantage point a satellite allows for is unlike any other. If you think about it, satellite images let us look at a landmark in a unique way the people who experienced it at its height never could have fathomed.

Take a look at some of the oldest landmarks on Earth from land and from space - and vote up the ones that look even more amazing from above!


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    104 VOTES

    Monte D'Accoddi, Sardinia, Italy

    The builders of Monte d'Accoddi, a Neolithic altar in the Sassari region of Sardinia, are believed to be the Ozieri, a people who inhabited the northern part of the island between 3200 and 2700 BCE, if not earlier.

    At Monte d'Accoddi, a ramp leads to stairs that ascend to the top of a pyramid of sorts. Excavations have also revealed carved boulders, standing stones, additional altars, and statuary at the site. 

    104 votes
  • 2
    92 VOTES

    Newgrange, Ireland

    The passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland was built c. 3200 BCE. It serves as the main structure in the Brú na Bóinne complex, alongside mounds at Knowth and Dowth.

    The mound at Newgrange is nearly 280 feet in diameter and sits about 40 feet high. A ring of stones around the monument feature engravings that attest to ceremonial activities at the site.

    92 votes
  • The Parthenon is a temple at the top of the Acropolis in Athens. It was built in a relatively short period - between 447 and 432 BCE - and dedicated to the goddess Athena.

    With no right angles or straight lines, it features nearly 70 columns arranged on a rectangular floor plan. The Parthenon has withstood fires, earthquakes, and violence throughout its long history. 

    83 votes
  • 4
    95 VOTES

    Mohenjo-Daro, Sindh, Pakistan

    The discovery of Mohenjo-Daro in the Sindh province of Pakistan uncovered more than just physical structures. The site offered a look at some of the best city planning the ancient world had to offer.

    Mohenjo-Daro, which thrived between roughly 2500 and 1900 BCE, was home to about 40,000 people. Evidence of public baths, a massive granary, and hundreds of wells indicate “complexity at a level of a city that we would want to live in today,” according to archaeologist Uzma Z. Rizvi

    95 votes
  • The oldest pyramid in Egypt is the step pyramid of Djoser, the first structure of its kind ever built in the region. It dates to c. 2650 BCE, while construction at the pyramid complex in Giza began roughly 100 years later.

    The pyramids at Giza include the Great Pyramid of Khufu; a second built by his son, Khafre; and a third built by Menkaure, Khafre's son. Temples, tombs, walls, and smaller pyramids are also located throughout the complex. 

    96 votes
  • The prehistoric village of Skara Brae is among the best-preserved and most remote Neolithic settlements in the Western Hemisphere. Located in the Orkney Islands north of the Scottish mainland, it was discovered when a storm exposed its presence in 1850.

    Built around 500 BCE, Skara Brae is the site of eight surviving dwellings, with passages that connect them. Furniture, pottery, dice, and jewelry have also been found at Skara Brae.

    97 votes