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Space-age technology used on 16th century history

Space-age technology used to analyse moon rocks is being use analyse sculpted fragments of Tudor-era tombs and virtually recreate the as they were originally intended to be seen.

Leicester University art historian Dr Phillip Lindley was called in to investigate the fragments and was immediately fascinated – not just by the quality of the artwork by French sculptors, but also by the possibilities that arose of re-thinking parts of Tudor history. “We’re trying to relate what happened to the monuments to what happened to the number one power family of the day,” he says.

Lindley would like to be able to take the tombs apart and investigate how they were reassembled. “Obviously I can’t do that,” he says. “But I was talking about it to scientists at the Space Research Centre who proposed that we scan them, take them apart virtually and then put them back together again to look as the Howards originally intended. It’s like doing a jig-saw puzzle on screen with all the pieces mixed up.”

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Story: Chris Arnot, The Guardian | Photo: Paul Bryan

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