Ancient stone art is to be stable with an app designed by Newcastle University program experts.
Also famous as “cup and ring” marks, it is underneath hazard from cultivation and meridian change, a academics say.
The app uses GPS to pinpoint a site and users can supplement information about a example’s condition and surroundings.
University reader in birthright studies Dr Aron Mazel said, with a superiority of intelligent phones, “creating an app was a apparent approach to solve a problem”.
“Previously, any stating was finished on paper and that’s not always unsentimental when you’re in a center of a panorama and there’s a complicated wind,” he said.
There are about 1,200 examples of stone art in Northumberland, out of some-more than 6,000 in a UK and Ireland.
They were constructed in a Neolithic and Bronze Ages, between 4,000 and 6,000 years ago.
The university warned in 2013 that a UK’s warmer and wetter climate was creation a stones deteriorate.
The new app can be used to record repairs to a stone art and either it is during risk from animals or vehicles.
Where there is no mobile phone signal, information is saved and uploaded once behind within operation of a network.
The reports are afterwards routed to birthright officials in a applicable county.
University visiting associate Dr Myra Giesen pronounced a app was both useful for lifting evident concerns and for providing a “baseline”.
“This means we’ll be means to guard how a stone art is doing over a duration of years,” she said.