Heart of Neolithic Orkney - Maeshowe, Scotland

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Project NameHeart of Neolithic Orkney - Maeshowe
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Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial2.61 GBLeica C10 , Leica HDS6000 Time of Flight Scanner , Phase Based Laser Scanner
Site DescriptionSome 5,000 years ago, the prehistoric people of the Orkney Islands began building extraordinary monuments out of stone. Each of the four Heart of Neolithic Orkney sites is a masterpiece of Neolithic design and construction in itself. But together they represent one of the richest surviving Neolithic landscapes in Western Europe. The series of important domestic and ritual monuments gives us incredible insights into the society, skills and spiritual beliefs of the people who built the monuments. Maeshowe, a chambered tomb, is an extraordinary example of Neolithic architectural genius. It was designed so that the light of the setting sun at the winter solstice focuses on the narrow passageway, illuminating the chamber inside.
Project DescriptionIn 2010, Historic Environment Scotland partnered with CyArk and the School of Simulation and Visualisation to document five of Scotland's UNESCO World Heritage Sites in five years. These sites include the Antonine Wall, St. Kilda, Edinburgh, New Lanark and Neolithic Orkney. Neolithic Orkney is a grouping of neolithic monuments in the Orkney archipelago on the Northeast coast of Scotland that provide a rare glimpse into prehistoric life in Northern Europe. Documentation efforts at Neolithic Orkney focused on several key archaeological sites including Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar, Maeshowe and the Stones of Stenness. In August 2010, the project partners used LiDAR, or laser scanning, to record the present condition of the structures as well as the surrounding context for use in monitoring and to support the ongoing management of the sites.
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Collection Date2010-08-01 to 2010-08-31
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
ContributorsHistoric Environment Scotland
CollectorsHistoric Environment Scotland , CyArk , School of Simulation and Visualisation
FundersHistoric Environment Scotland
Site AuthorityHistoric Environment Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland 2019: Heart of Neolithic Orkney - Maeshowe - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by Historic Environment Scotland , CyArk , School of Simulation and Visualisation . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D. https://doi.org/10.26301/0qce-vj74

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