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Hands-on at this exhibit

  • Place your own burial monument in the landscape with our touch table game.
  • Discover how geophysics techniques are used, in our interactive sandbox.
  • How do we use gravity? See a cloud of atoms suspended using magnets and lasers.

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Technology has revealed a fascinating landscape of monuments beneath the soil around Stonehenge.

 
Watch this video as a fascinating landscape of monuments is revealed beneath one of the world's most famous heritage sites, Stonehenge.

Cutting edge techniques have come together to create a highly detailed digital map of this invisible landscape. Replacing traditional archaeology hardware with tools such as ground-penetrating radar and 3D laser scanners, we’ve mapped miles of the landscape in unprecedented detail. Our exhibit showcases the technology of today’s archaeology, and the discoveries we’ve made on site in Wiltshire.

Stonehenge is a world-famous monument, but few people realise it is set in a landscape full of significant sites from history and pre-history. The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project has used advanced geophysical techniques to create the first map of underground and surface features. We now know that Stonehenge is surrounded by burial monuments, sacred sites and processional routes among the dwellings of the people who’ve lived there over millennia. The GG-Top project will go even further by developing an atom interferometer to use gravity to reveal archaeological secrets that even the best of today’s technology cannot see.

Lead image: Stonehenge is a world-famous monument, but digital maps can now reveal its invisible landscape underground. Credit: © JuneHawk/istock.