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Stonehenge undergoes digital laser scan

A team of researchers working at Stonehenge in England have giving the prehistoric stone circle a digital laser scan, revealing some interesting secrets.

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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Story: Maeve Kennedy, The Guardian | Photo: Yoshiro Takada/Corbis

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