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The Bronze Age axehead carvings on Stone 53 at Stonehenge were first identified by Richard Atkinson in 1953. During 2002 to 2003, Stone 53 along with two other carved sarsen stones were 3D laser scanned in a ground-breaking project that explored the potential of this emerging technology. Wessex Archaeology worked with Archaeoptics Ltd of Glasgow using a Minolta VI-900 scanner. The stone surfaces were sampled at a sub-millimetre resolution and meshes generated from the point cloud data. The mesh of Stone 53 featured here had at the time importantly revealed details of the carvings that had not been seen before. Best viewed in Matcap rendering mode.
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