Thursday, October 9, 2014

Archaeological science is in the news!

According to a recent article in Smithsonian magazine, researchers used ground-penetrating radar and GPS-guided magnetometers to produce a 3-D map of underground features in a 4-mile-square area west of Stonehenge. Numerous previously unknown structures were found, helping to understand the geographical and religious context for the monument.

The work was done by Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project, a collaboration between a British team and Austria's Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology.

Here are some sources for more information:

  • September 2014 issue of Smithsonian magazine (E. Caesar, "What Lies Beneath," vol 45 number 5, cover photo and pp. 30-41).
  • BBC news ( 
  • A video will appear on Smithsonian Television later this month (see for schedule). 

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