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ARTICLE Figure 3. Screen capture of looting data maintained in Spreadsheet Mapper, as seen in Google Earth. Drawing on the suite of tools that Google has made available through Google Earth Outreach, the arm of Google Earth dedi- cated to encouraging and enabling non- profit use of Google Earth (, we have published the array of data on looting damage that we have col- lected on Jordan. Publishing to both the web (see and Google Earth (either for internal or public consumption), we argue, is a useful means of raising public awareness, soliciting information and collaboration from colleagues, and advocating the implementation of the research equivalent of “sunshine laws” for looting.1 In other words, we hope that employing Google Earth in an interactive manner can facilitate publicizing as well as quantifying looting damage, making the consequences for archaeological sites of the inter- 32 The SAA Archaeological Record • May 2010 national trade in illicit antiquities more apparent to all. The Spreadsheet Mapper tool provided by Google Earth Out- reach2 is admirably suited to our purposes. We provide (see /looting- jordan) a network link to a spreadsheet that we maintain as a Google Document, which produces a Google Earth layer of site locations, with pop- up balloons providing further information about the sites, a photo of what the damage looks like on- the- ground, and links to further information on the web, which we host at (see Figure 3). The layer is dynamically linked to the spreadsheet, meaning that as we update any infor- mation hosted there, the Google Earth layer will change appro- priately. This allows interested viewers to stay up- to- date with

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