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Ancient Pompeii Ruins now on Google Street View Today on Morning Edition I head this story. The Italian government has allowed the ruins of Pompeii to be photographed for Google Street View. It's very cool. (SLGM)
posted by sio42 (39 comments total) 48 users marked this as a favorite

 
That is way cool. Now I need to see if I can remember where to go to find the naughty parts.
posted by TedW at 6:48 AM on December 4, 2009


This is amazing. Thank you for pointing it out.
posted by headspace at 6:49 AM on December 4, 2009


Awesome. Google Maps has saved me sooo much in travel costs.
posted by DU at 6:54 AM on December 4, 2009


You're right. It is very cool. I've yet to make it to the ruins of Pompei, and this is the next best thing.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:55 AM on December 4, 2009


Or, what DU said.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:55 AM on December 4, 2009


Peter! I can see my house from up here!
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:57 AM on December 4, 2009


(too soon?)
posted by Halloween Jack at 6:57 AM on December 4, 2009 [5 favorites]


Okay, that just may be the coolest use of Google's Street View I've seen so far.

Okay, I've got to burn an AskMe on this.
posted by JaredSeth at 7:00 AM on December 4, 2009


Awesome! They may be slowly Annakinizing into an evil megacorp, but for now, I *heart* Google!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:03 AM on December 4, 2009


Cassandra: Pompeii's citizens will befall the fate of the sinful men of Gomorrah!
Lurcio: Will they, indeed?
Cassandra: And Sodom
Lurcio: Ooh, I agree, the lot of them!
posted by Abiezer at 7:05 AM on December 4, 2009


This is awesome. Body cast of a victim.
posted by condour75 at 7:53 AM on December 4, 2009


You may think a job at Google would be awesome, but someone had to go through a few thousand photos and blur out all the tourists faces.
posted by smackfu at 8:15 AM on December 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


sweet
posted by nathancaswell at 8:16 AM on December 4, 2009


My mom went on a cruise that stopped at Naples with a day in Pompeii, and I still haven't looked at her hundreds of pictures from the trip. Yet I've spent all morning wandering up and down Pompeii in Google Street View. I'm a bad son.

Also: what, no Herculaneum?
posted by steef at 8:28 AM on December 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


When I was in Pompeii, the sky was yellow. I'm a bit disappointed to find out it's not always like that.
posted by smackfu at 8:39 AM on December 4, 2009 [1 favorite]


Hey, cool! You can walk backwards!

This is fucking brilliant. Thanks for the link!
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:40 AM on December 4, 2009


You can walk backwards!

You can even use the Doom navigation keys, WSAD.
posted by smackfu at 8:43 AM on December 4, 2009


This is amazing! Thanks for the heads up!
posted by brundlefly at 8:45 AM on December 4, 2009


When I lived and excavated in Pompeii on '04, I created my own "Street view" of my walk to and from the dig site everyday. This enhances that, just a bit....
posted by rbf1138 at 8:46 AM on December 4, 2009


I dunno - this is a pretty cool streetview photo too. And apparently there will be a drive-through version of Stonehenge coming up soon too.
posted by GuyZero at 8:51 AM on December 4, 2009 [3 favorites]


DU: "Awesome. Google Maps has saved me sooo much in travel costs."

I know this is facetious, but don't let anything keep you from visiting Pompeii in person. It is really amazing and beautiful. Also, be sure to check out Ostia Antica. Not as well known, but equally remarkable.
posted by brundlefly at 8:51 AM on December 4, 2009


You may think a job at Google would be awesome, but someone had to go through a few thousand photos and blur out all the tourists faces.

On the off chance you're not joking, it's automated.
posted by GuyZero at 8:52 AM on December 4, 2009


Really? It's kind of half-assed, so I figured it had to be human. Guess that was backwards.
posted by smackfu at 8:56 AM on December 4, 2009


Stonehenge
posted by hortense at 9:05 AM on December 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


It's a little like a return trip to Pompeii. Thanks.
posted by uraniumwilly at 9:11 AM on December 4, 2009


This is pyroclastastic!
posted by JeffK at 9:31 AM on December 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


My God, sometimes I love living in the future.

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posted by General Tonic at 9:39 AM on December 4, 2009 [4 favorites]


I was looking at Google Street View for Toledo, Spain and I swear they must have used a bicycle-mounted camera. The streets are incredibly narrow and most of the shots have the top half of a bike rider in them.
posted by JJ86 at 9:46 AM on December 4, 2009




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It made me cry. Human tragedy is still human tragedy. Thank you for the post.
posted by luminous phenomena at 9:58 AM on December 4, 2009


Bah, if it doesn't include the graffiti-covered computer monitors and gates tied together with shoestrings, it's really showing you Pompeii.
posted by Copronymus at 10:10 AM on December 4, 2009


Not really showing you Pompeii, that is.
posted by Copronymus at 10:10 AM on December 4, 2009


Pony request: Terracotta army.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 10:20 AM on December 4, 2009


You can even use the Doom navigation keys, WSAD.

On the other hand, I've tried to circle-strafe, and that hasn't been implemented. I blame Google's motto.
posted by dhartung at 11:00 AM on December 4, 2009 [2 favorites]


Although IDKFA does get you unlimited Wave invites.
posted by brundlefly at 11:04 AM on December 4, 2009


Stonehenge
posted by sharpener at 11:34 AM on December 4, 2009


This is awesome. Now I really want to go there, and it was already on my "do this some day" list.

I can't help but wonder how creepy it must have been for the first archaeologist to find a void left by a body there. Presumably the process went something like this.

*dig dig dig*

"Hmm, my trowel dug straight through. Looks like a big void under there."

*shines torch inside"

"Yep, pretty big, could be significant, let's cast it before we keep digging."

*pours plaster inside* (or whatever it is they use)

"Right, on we go."

*scrape scrape scrape*

"Hmm, this looks kind of like....oh."

*cut to CSI theme*
posted by ZsigE at 12:40 PM on December 4, 2009


Awesome. Google Maps has saved me sooo much in travel costs.
posted by DU at 6:54 AM on December 4

Me too. The Moon, Mars, and now Pompeii. :)

This is pretty cool stuff. Wonder what will be next?
posted by johnstein at 4:39 PM on December 4, 2009


Ah, back in the day, I was on archaeological teams working at Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae.

Memories of Giuseppe Fiorelli's plaster casts at Pompeii and the incredible collection of previous finds at the National Archeological Museum in Naples.
posted by ericb at 2:34 PM on December 5, 2009


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