Prehistoric Island

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A paradigm shift in how we can map terrain and discover hidden archaeology has rocked the archaeological world and a number of related professions this week. Lidar has proven itself to be as groundbreaking as the advent of new observation methods that have allowed astronomers to discover new planets at a rate unimaginable just 20-years-ago. The technology, which has just proven its worth to a worldwide audience, has been graphically demonstrated with remarkable precision and astounding results right here on our own shores. Arran has been highlighted as, not only the test bed for the capabilities of the cutting edge technology, but also as an archaeological treasure trove, densely packed with a rich history dating back over 6000 years. It is hardly surprising that Kenneth Brophy, senior lecturer in archaeology at the university of Glasgow, has been calling for Arran to be rebranded as a prehistoric island and to be marketed as such to tourists and visitors. Orkney and the Western Isles already attracts a huge amount of visitors with a fascination for history, heritage, archaeology and prehistory and Arran, being more accessible, is sure to see a rise in this demographic following the worldwide exposure that it has just been afforded. Exciting times indeed.