• MAA-024: Ruins of a Settlement?

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MAA Report Ref: MAA-024

Report date: July-August 2017

Research Status: Open - Possible site of habitation/settlement

Description: Ruins of a Settlement?
Approximate size: 1 km
Mission: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter/HiRISE
Location: Mid-latitude southern highlands

Found by: Richard C. Hoagland

Image date: March 2006
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

Image sources: (1) Image: https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/jpeg/PIA08014.jpg

(2) Catalog page/image info:  https://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA08014

This is a large image and the location is difficult to find, so here's some help. . .

OBSERVATIONS

The odd-shaped 'crater' featured in this image as well as the nodular terrain, do not appear to be unique in the original very large image from which this segment is taken (50 x 24 km/ 31 x 15 miles). Similar features have been observed elsewhere on the image (although not yet studied in detail). This suggests that the features examined here are either (1) commonly found geology in this region, or (2) commonly found Martian settlements! [MAA: this will be revisited at a future date to get more data]

POTENTIAL FOR FORMER SITE OF HABITATION SETTLEMENT

Rectilinear orientation of surface features may indicate former buildings, streets etc. Groundscale would be consistent with a 1 km size village of moderate sized buildings. Comparison with archaeological site at Ashur in Iraq, shows some similar features.

COMMON EXPLANATION

Rocky terrain with small crater.

MAA-024.1 Ruins of Settlement?: from a distance - MRO

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

MAA-024.2 Ruins of Settlement?: Ground scale of potential site - MRO

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-024.3 Ruins of Settlement?: Observation of rectilinear orientation within nodular terrain

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-024.5 Ruins of Settlement?: Possible constructs observed within 'compound' - 200m/656 ft

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive

MAA-024.4 Ruins of Settlement?: Comparison with archaeological ruins at Ashur, Iraq (Left) and Mars (right).

Image credit: (Left) ©2013 DigitalGlobe, Google Earth

MAA-024.6 Ruins of Settlement?: Observation of orientation in terrain, south of 'compound'.

Graphics/image editing: Mars Archaeology Archive