“At first I thought it was a stain on the photograph,” said 47-year-old Mori. “But when I zoomed in, I saw that there was something under the earth.” He’d picked up on something no one else knew about. What he saw was a dark oval that was, according to the map, more than 1,640 feet long, as well as shaded rectangular shapes nearby. Mori wasn’t sure what to do, short of going out to the site himself to investigate.
The area appeared to contain ruins from antiquity. “At first they thought the site might be Bronze Age but a closer inspection turned up ceramic and stone pieces that showed it was a Roman villa built some time just before the birth of Christ,” explained Mori.