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Laser-scanning prehistoric art

Researchers working in the French Alps have employed the use of laser-scanning technology to create virtual models of ancient rock art in the area.

The fortuitous discovery of the shelter, which sits 2,133m above sea level, revealed prehistoric rock paintings known to be the highest painted representations of animals in Europe.

Now, for the first time, the team has been able to produce virtual models of the archaeological landscape based on laser scans, powered by car batteries in a logistically complex operation.

The paintings too were scanned, using white-light scanners, and both have been made available to the public on the open-access journal Internet Archaeology.

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Story: Lindsay Pantry, The Yorkshire Post | Photo: K. Walsh

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