This story about Stonehenge being scanned by English Heritage is getting a lot of play on the Internet, with all kinds of content aggregators picking it up. I’ve been meaning to write it up, but there was a part of me that was like, “eh, obviously they’re going to scan Stonehenge. Who cares, really? It’s just a bunch of rocks…”
Okay, maybe I was just tired of the historical preservation story already. There’s not much there, really, in terms of news:
Why you doin’ it? To make sure it’s preserved for future generations. This is going to be the most accurate digital model of the site ever!
Wowzers, that’s important work. What kind of scanner ya usin’? A very important and expensive one.
Sweet. It give you any problems? Nope. We pretty much just push the button and it goes.
You get the idea. It’s cool that they’re doing it, and I’m sure they’ll uncover all sorts of interesting facts about the carvings and pictures, but the journalist in me is just having a hard time getting excited. It’s not like Stonehenge is in some far-flung outpost or presents major logistical challenges. It’s in the middle of a pretty boring English field and the rocks ain’t exactly moving around. But then I got to thinking about this particular place I’d found the story.