Heart of Neolithic Orkney - The Stones of Stenness, Scotland

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Project NameHeart of Neolithic Orkney - The Stones of Stenness
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Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial4.67 GBLeica HDS6000 , Leica C10 Phase Based Laser Scanner , Time of Flight 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. The Stones of Stenness circle and henge is a very early example of this type of monument. The surviving stones are enormous, standing up to 6m tall.
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
CollectorsHistoric Environment Scotland , CyArk , School of Simulation and Visualisation
FundersHistoric Environment Scotland
Site AuthorityHistoric Environment Scotland
CyArk 2019: Heart of Neolithic Orkney - The Stones of Stenness - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by Historic Environment Scotland , CyArk , School of Simulation and Visualisation . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D. https://doi.org/10.26301/2tka-0y25

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