Scientists have produced a laser scan of Stonehenge

02.12.2012

 

A full-scale three-dimensional laser survey of Stonehenge revealed different technologies used for the treatment of stones arranged in a line in the winter and summer solstice.


Laser scanning Great trilitis found it incredibly smooth, clear contours and smooth surface, compared with the rest of Trilit. This suggested that the creators of Stonehenge have made concerted efforts in the processing of the Great trilitis and polished menhir more carefully because of its special position on the axis of the solstice, just as they did for the other stones arranged around an axis. Photo: English Heritage

Sarsen stones of the outer circle — the huge, they are located more evenly, they are visible when approaching it from the north-east along the ancient avenue. (Note: Avenue at Stonehenge — a parallel pair of ditches and subtle shafts leading to the River Avon.) Jumpers these stones are well handled, the stones are polished so that their surface was light.

In addition, among the stones, arranged in a row along the axis of the solstice, left straight narrow slits.

The main road that currently runs through the World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, will now change its direction and will lead to the place, which coincides with the axis of the solstice.

"A new interpretation of Stonehenge will allow users to better understand the importance of the solstice — said in a press release Loraine Knowles, director of the British state Commission on historic buildings and monuments" English Heritage ". — We close the A344 route, which breaks the build on one line, so that the stone circles were reunited with the Avenue. "

Laser scanning also revealed ancient prehistoric paintings, among them 71 drawing executed ax in the Bronze Age.

"Analysis of the different methods used in the processing of stones can even help establish the chronology of construction — said Susan Greene, senior historian" English Heritage ". — To the disappointment of some, the scan also eliminate some bad distinguishable lines and depressions that were previously considered prehistoric drawings. "

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