The Norwegian archaeologists approached the problem from a novel angle – instead of examining the city itself, they studied an enormous expanse of land just to the north. Along with their Syrian colleagues from the Palmyra Museum and aided by satellite photos, they catalogued a large number of ancient remains visible on the Earth’s surface.
“In this way, we were able to form a more complete picture of what occurred within the larger area,” Prof Meyer said.
Very neat. I zinged over on Google Earth and there are quite a few green areas around it, but it’s hard to tell what anything else is.