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Forbidden City stones transported along ice roads

New research suggests that the multi-ton stones used to build the Forbidden City in China may have been moved there along roads made of ice. Hauling massive stones long distances over ice roads “is an interesting and plausible idea”, says Michael Parker Pearson, an archaeologist at University College London. But although

Using 3D printers to restore artifacts

Wired has posted an interesting story about the use of 3D printing in restoring some ancient artifacts in Beijing's Forbidden City. The team is capturing the shape of the original objects using laser or optical scanners then cleaning up the data using reverse engineering techniques. This allows damaged parts of intricate