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14 January 2012
Stonehenge enters the 21st Century

Two new 21st Century inventions are helping us to understand and visit the wonders of Stonehenge from the comfort of our own homes. 'Google Under-the-Earth' is an extension of the well known 'Google Earth' and adds archaeological layers to the base levels. 'Seeing beneath Stonehenge' has been developed as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, using data gather by the combined team from the Universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and London. The project has been funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and the software can be downloaded at blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/seeing-beneath-stonehenge and requires the base 'Google Earth' software installation as well.
     Do not have a PC and want to explore Stonehenge on the move? Then fear not. The University of Huddersfield (UK) and the web developers Ribui have developed an iPhone App called the 'Stonehenge Experience'. This app has really gone to town with voiceover commentaries, enhanced reality and even views of the henge when it was complete. Rupert Till, the modeller of the app and a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, is quoted as saying "Creating the sound of Stonehenge as it was when it was first built was a really interesting challenge. When put together with the Ribui app it makes for an absorbing immersive experience and allows people to see and hear Stonehenge as it was 5000 years ago". The app is available for download from the App Store (2.39.Euros, 1.99 UKP, 2.99 USD)

Edited from Bournemouth University (December 2011), New scientist (20 Dec 2011), Salisbury Journal (22 Dec 2011)

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