Thanks to the great support of our council archaeologists at Aberdeenshire Archaeology Service, we've successfully had the original Rhynie Man sculpture laser scanned this past weekend! This was a massive undertaking done by professionals from Liverpool Museum. The laser scan should provide us with a high quality 3D dataset. By analysing this dataset, we should be able to ask questions about how the stone was carved, the full details of the carving and it will also provide some amazing images (we hope to post some soon!).
In our dreams we see a 3D replica being made someday based on this work...
I know I want one for my garden, but I'm not sure I have the space!
In other news - we head to the already sold-out conference in Edinburgh this weekend - Scotland in Early Medieval Europe - to catch up with all the other exciting research on the best period in history and to present a paper of our own. Gordon has also just returned from a whirlwind trip to Oxford to showcase Rhynie and other work he's been doing on Pictish power centres. Word is they were buzzing about our fantastic site. Quite right, too!