Meeting on the ledge

(or why I don't get out much…..)

Google find Roman villa in Mozambique?

Google quickly moved to dismiss the possibility that they’ve helped searchers to find Atlantis off the African Coast with their new ocean-bed mapping. They explained that some apparent gridlines on the maps were just an artifact of the scanning process. However I don’t think they quite meant the explanation to continue:

“It’s true that many amazing discoveries have been made in Google Earth including a pristine forest in Mozambique that is home to previously unknown species and the remains of an Ancient Roman villa,” a Google statement said. (from the BBC news website)

I quite like the idea of a Roman travelling to the south-east of Africa to build himself a villa in the middle of a pristine forest, hindered only by unknown species…..

February 21, 2009 - Posted by | General |


  1. Actually they found Mount Muba, the Mozambique forest, AND a Roman villa. Not in the same area, just both found using Google earth. Made the same mistake when I stumbled upon the story and tried to find pictures of the Roman villa in the forest :p The villa was found in a mans farm in/near Parma.

    Comment by Nerd | February 22, 2009

  2. I ended up here while searching for this forest-bound villa, but it seems the thing that was actually lost, was a BBC comma.

    Comment by Paul | February 23, 2009

  3. wow. i want to know more about this story of romans traveling all the way to mozambique. it’s also believed they traveled tot he americas.

    Comment by frnnk | February 25, 2009

  4. I read this the same way you did, but there should have been a comma in between the stories. Google Earth users found a pristine forest in Mozambique, and a Roman Villa *in Italy*. See here:

    Comment by T Saunders | February 26, 2009

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