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The excavation of a prehistoric settlement in the Serra del Mas Bonet in Catalonia (Spain) revealed an interesting set of sculpted elements: six stelae and one menhir from the Late Neolithic-Chalcolithic period (around 3000 BC).

Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) performed analysis of geometric surface texture patterns on fragments of a sandstone stela featuring carved horns.

The results of the study led to better understanding of Neolithic sculpture manufacturing procedures.

Mountains® software tools used

  • Calculation of ISO 25178 height and functional parameters

Allowing quantitative description of each sample

  • Texture isotropy and direction

Statistics were generated for surface texture interpretation

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Linking 3D digital surface texture data with ancient manufacturing procedures

Courtesy of Vera Moitinho de Almeida, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Instrument & software used

3D structured-light scanner + MountainsMap® software