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West Texas paintings to get laser study

Posted on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 | Comment icon 2 comments


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

A prehistoric painting in West Texas is getting the laser treatment for study and preservation purposes.

The scanning process - which will take approximately two weeks - will allow archaeologists to see parts of the paintings that time and Mother Nature have erased. The scientists will also monitor the ever rising level of the nearby Armistad Reservoir which could eventually threaten the cave where the paintings are located.

"A complex colorful mural painted on canyon walls some 4,000 years ago in West Texas is getting modern laser treatment as researchers try to unlock its mysteries and protect it from the unintended consequences of a nearby reservoir."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Crazy Horse 1000 on 5 June, 2011, 20:19
A prehistoric painting in West Texas is getting the laser treatment for study and preservation purposes. Here is a link for a movable 360 of the cave in hi-res http://www.panoguide.com/gallery/520/view_pp/?w=1440&h=845&fs=true Pretty nice if you are not planning on traveling to Southern Texas anytime soon.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Paracelse on 6 June, 2011, 5:21
Fascinating. Another interesting fact, what happen on Earth is not as interesting to humans as Mars' (alleged) structure to most readers.


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