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Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition 2015

Join us at this year's science exhibition where the University of Bradford's Archaeological Sciences will put on a spectacular range of interactive activities around ground-breaking research on Stonehenge. 

The Hidden Landscapes of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is amongst the most iconic of archaeological monuments in the world. Everyone recognises the distinctive shape of the monument whilst the mysterious nature of Stonehenge attracts endless speculation about what it was and why it was there.

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscape’s project is about the excitement of real exploration – using dramatic technology and visualisations it is recreating the landscape of Stonehenge in a manner never seen previously.

The display will be instantly alluring to a younger generation. We have completed a state of the art geophysical and remote sensing survey of the area around Stonehenge at an unprecedented scale and resolution using multiple sensors and large arrays. This is archaeology and technological applications at speed!

The results are startling. Dozens of new monuments have been discovered (and recreated) that are linked to Stonehenge and these include classes of ritual monuments that were previously unknown. The ability to reveal detail of archaeological monuments that have never previously seen and the application of agent-based modelling to re-create the ceremonial processions leading to the monument is fundamentally changing our understanding of Stonehenge.

What's On?

You can take part in the following hands-on activities:

  • 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

Visit the Royal Society's exhibition page for opening times and directions.

Project team

The team is led by Dr Chris Gaffney, Head of Archaeological Sciences and Prof Vincent Gaffney, Anniversary Chair in Archaeology.

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