This is a scan of a fossilised tree stump from Fossil Grove, an ancient forest in Glasgow’s Victoria Park discovered in 1887. To preserve the fossils, a structure was built around the grove shortly after discovery, which can be visited to this day.
There are 11 stumps in total, the one here standing at 90cm. Dating back around 325 million years, the fossils were formed after severe flooding caused sandy sediment to bury the stumps, eventually consolidating into sandstone in and around the trunk. What can be seen today are natural sandstone casts of the inside of the tree with no original plant material remaining.
Recently, water penetration into the Victorian building has caused discolouration and decay on some of the fossil exhibits. We have undertaken 3D laser scanning and mineralogical analysis to help gain a better understanding of the site and its problems.