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3D-printed underwater archaeological sites

Two shipwrecks found in UK waters are the first underwater archaeological sites to be recreated with 3D printing technology.

Archaeologists have made a full colour model of a wreck near Drumbeg, in Sutherland, thought to date from the late 17th or early 18th century.

A print has also been made of HMHS Anglia, a World War One hospital ship lost off Folkestone in Kent in 1915.

The steamship, built in Dumbarton in 1900, sank after it struck a mine.

3D printing involves machines that can create a three dimensional object from an image by laying down thin layers of materials, such as plastic, on top of each other.

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Story: Steven McKenzie, BBC News | Photo: Wessex Archaeology

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