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    Stonehenge: first complete 3D digital laser scan reveals kept secrets

    For prehistoric monument fans:

    Stonehenge up close: digital laser scan reveals secrets of the past (Guardian)
    Like any corner-cutting modern builder, the ancient stonemasons who built Stonehenge lavished the most work and best materials where they would be first seen – shining in the last light of the setting winter solstice sun, or at dawn on the longest day.

    The first complete 3D laser scan of the stone circle has also revealed tool marks made 4,500 years ago, scores of little axehead graffiti added when the enormous slabs were already 1,000 years old, and damage and graffiti contributed by Georgian and Victorian visitors.
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    Long after the monument was built, when Bronze Age burial mounds rich in grave goods began to be scattered across the plain around Stonehenge, and the archaeological evidence suggests those who could make or trade in metal goods had an almost shamanic status, people carved little images of daggers and axes, many now invisible to the naked eye, into the stones. Scores more have been revealed by the scan, including 71 new axe heads, bringing the total to 115 – doubling the number ever recorded in Britain.
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    But some secrets remain elusive:
    Fallen stones were particularly vulnerable – the analysis suggests that six have lost tens of tons of stone – and as Stonehenge became a major tourist attraction in the 19th century visitors could actually hire chisels to hack away their own souvenirs.
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    "I think we can say now that the monument certainly was finished – but where the stone went is still a puzzle. At Avebury you can readily see stone reused in nearby buildings from medieval times on, but Stonehenge is some distance from the nearest village, so it's much less easy to see where the stone would have been taken – although we have looked far and wide, we have not succeeded in finding evidence of the re-use of the missing stones," said Susan Greaney, an English Heritage historian and expert on Stonehenge.
    much, much more, including information on the laser scan, at link above

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    Interesting. My late mother was fascinated with all things British -(and would have loved your screen name btw!) and visited Stonehenge several times. Her visits 'across the pond' were some of the happiest times in her life. Thanks for sharing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    For prehistoric monument fans:

    Stonehenge up close: digital laser scan reveals secrets of the past (Guardian)

    But some secrets remain elusive:

    much, much more, including information on the laser scan, at link above


    Great post/thread. thank you so much for sharing this it made my day! :-)




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