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Lasers reveal Stonehenge's 'art gallery'

Lasers reveal Stonehenge's 'art gallery'
keywords: bronze - axe
Enigmatic carvings of bronze axe heads, that are invisible to the naked eye, on one of the weathered stones at Stonehenge have been revealed by laser scanning.
The stones, moved into their final positions in one of the world's most famous ancient monuments some 4,300 years ago, would already have been 500 years old when the axes were carved. Bronze tools and weapons were only introduced centuries after the Wiltshire farmers made the giant stone and earth circles using antler picks and cow bone shovels.

The purpose of the newly revealed carvings is another of Stonehenge's mysteries, although similar carvings are associated with burial sites in other parts of the country. It has been suggested that whatever Stonehenge's original function, it was later used for burials and became a memorial to the dead.

The team of scientists and archaeologists has scanned only three of the 83 surviving stones, and believes a whole gallery of prehistoric art is waiting to be discovered on other stones in the circle. ...

Read more at the Guardian (october 18, 2003)