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Laser-scanning prehistoric art

Researchers working in the French Alps have employed the use of laser-scanning technology to create virtual models of ancient rock art in the area. The fortuitous discovery of the shelter, which sits 2,133m above sea level, revealed prehistoric rock paintings known to be the highest painted representations of animals in Europe. Now,

Ancient rock art scanned in 3-D

Researchers working in the Italian Alps have employed the use of 3-D technology to scan and save ancient rock art. Members of the 3D Pitoti team captured thousands of images of people, sheep, deer, horses and dogs found on the Valamonica rocks. The digitised images gave the project a ‘casting directory’

New technology scans soil-encased artifacts in 3D

A new scanning technology has been developed that allows archaeologists to scan artifacts encased in soil in 3D. Capable of resolutions better than 0.1mm - the diameter of a human hair - it allows archaeologists to carefully examine material while still encased in soil. Using visualisation software, archaeologists can then analyse their

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

Orkney Neolithic sites scanned in 3D

Laser scanners are being employed on Orkney to 3D-scan some of the islands historical landmarks. The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is made up of the tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watch Stone, the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae. The recording process will involve

Airport scanners used to examine mummies

Scientists are experimenting with using airport scanners to "screen" ancient mummies. “We found that this non-invasive imaging method is well suited for the investigation of ancient mummified soft tissues and embalming related substances,” Swiss anatomist and paleopathologist Frank Rühli told Discovery News. Mummies are usually investigated with conventional X- rays

Scanning fossils to create 3D models of embedded creatures

Through X-Ray Computer Tomography (CT), scientists are able to create highly-detailed 3D models of fossils. The technology has vastly increased the range of samples that can be studied and the information gleaned from them. Many fossils are just too intricate or delicate to be separated physically from the surrounding rock. Even