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Laser scans Stonehenge for its secrets

By T.K. Randall
March 11, 2011 · Comment icon 8 comments

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Archaeologists are scanning Stonehenge with lasers hoping to find clues to how it was constructed.
In 1993, photographic documentation was performed to a detail accuracy of 2cm; with the lasers, they can increase the detail to 0.5mm. The lasers will also be able to "see" through the lichen that covers many of the fallen stones.
The team will be looking for ancient "rock art", but also for more modern graffiti, in a comprehensive survey of the site. Among those who have left their mark in the stones is "Wren" - thought to be Sir Christopher Wren, the architect who designed London's St Paul's Cathedral. Wren's family had a home nearby, where he is known to have spent time, adding credibility to the claim.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by justonethingafteranother 12 years ago
A laser scan of Stonehenge? This would be facinating indeed, if it hadn't already been done! Here's an example from the earlier laser scans: http://www.solvingstonehenge.co.uk/page7.html
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword 12 years ago
I wish my job was scanning megalithic sights with lasers. How cool would that be?
Comment icon #3 Posted by purplepsyche 12 years ago
Excellent! Next stop, the Giza plateau?
Comment icon #4 Posted by zooage 12 years ago
Next stop should be Brazil. They have the most fascinating Megalithic structure anywhere.
Comment icon #5 Posted by purplepsyche 12 years ago
Next stop should be Brazil. They have the most fascinating Megalithic structure anywhere. It stands to be a huge list of next stops down the line. All quite fascinating, I think.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Timonthy 12 years ago
The just need to build a super laser scanner already and scan the whole earth to 1 atomic particle resolution.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Swamptick 12 years ago
Awesome article. Can't wait to hear about the results.
Comment icon #8 Posted by tadpole16 12 years ago
merlin the wizard? was an alien? duh.

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