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Indian landmark to be digitally preserved
by Staff Writers
Gujarat, India (UPI) Mar 7, 2011


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Scottish researchers say they will use digital scanning technology to record the shape and form of one of India's most historic landmarks.

A team from the Glasgow School of Art and Historic Scotland will make the digital scan of the Rani Ki Vav Stepwell in Gujarat, the BBC reported Sunday.

The landmark, a series of decorated stepped terraces descending into the ground, dates to 1050.

The digital scanning project is part of a global effort to record sites of historical significance that has already seen scans performed at Mount Rushmore in the United States and Neolothic architectural sites in the United Kingdom

The team will use laser technology to create an exact digital model of Rani Ki Vav to help with conserving and maintaining it.

The Indian landmark has only been excavated in the past 50 years and is on a United Nations list to be considered as a World Heritage Site.

The digital images created will be shared with the American non-profit organization CyArk, founded by Ben Kacyra, inventor of the laser scanner used to create the digital models.

CyArk is collecting data from 500 world heritage landmarks to hold in a global archive, the BBC reported.

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