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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:38 PM

Technology uncovers hundreds of ancient sites on Scottish island

10 October 2019 at 12:02am

Aerial view of Arran taken by the Historic Environment Scotland project team
Photo: HES/PA

Airborne laser scanning has revealed around 1,000 previously unknown archaeological sites on a Scottish island.

The survey of Arran – which recorded the surface of the island in 3D – is the largest of its type so far in Scotland and has detected the remains of ancient monuments which researchers said may otherwise never have been found.

Among the new sites discovered is a Neolithic cursus monument, prehistoric settlements and medieval farmsteads.

The scans showed the remains of medieval shepherds’ huts in the remote Glen Iorsa Credit: HES/PA

Archaeologists at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) carried out the project using airborne laser scanning, also known as lidar.


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