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The Los Angeles Times reports on Thursday the unveiling of The World Wonders Project by Google

The World Wonders Project uses the same Street View technology that allows people to virtually navigate their neighborhoods through Google Maps, but the cameras are focused on historic and treasured sites such as Florence, Stonehenge and ancient Kyoto instead. Although many of the images are gathered with cars that have a camera mounted on top, more difficult-to-reach spots, or publicly inaccessible sites, have been recorded on a pedestrian “trike” and other devices.

“With advancements in our camera technologies we can now go off the beaten track to photograph some of the most significant places in the world so that anyone, anywhere can explore them,” the company announced on the new website. The project, unveiled Thursday, includes 132 famous spots in 18 countries. Historic and notable spots on the website include Shark Bay in Australia, the Golden Gate Park Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco and a smattering of sites across Europe.

The U.N. cultural agency UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund are partnering with the company to provide information about the treasured spots. Videos, photographs and interactive models also spangle the site; people can submit snapshots of the famous places for possible inclusion on the website as well.

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The Western Brecon Beacons: The Archaeology of Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr
by David K Leighton
Mae arolwg newydd wedi datgelu hanes rhan allweddol o uwchdiroedd Cymru yn ne canolbarth Cymru. Mae rhan orllewinol Bannau Brycheiniog yn ymestyn o Dalsarn yn y gogledd i Benderyn yn y de, ac o Frynaman yn y gorllewin i Heol Senni yn y dwyrain. Yn y 270 o gilometrau sgwâr o dir sy’n ffurfio uwchdiroedd y Mynydd Du a Fforest Fawr ceir olion archaeolegol gwych yn ymwneud ag anheddu, ffermio, claddu, defodau a diwydiant sy’n rhychwantu sawl mileniwm ac sy’n taflu goleuni hynod o bwysig ar sut y bu i genedlaethau o bobl oroesi yn y dirwedd ddi-ildio hon.
A new survey has uncovered the history of a key area of the Welsh uplands in central south Wales. The Western Brecon Beacons stretches from Talsarn in the north to Penderyn in the south, and from Brynaman in the west to Heol Senni in the east. Within the 270 square kilometre range of the uplands of Mynydd Du and Fforest Fawr are some of the finest archaeological remains relating to settlement, farming, burial, ritual and industry spanning several millennia, and offer a fascinating insight into how generations of people survived in this harsh landscape.
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