National Park Service records Castle Pinckney with high-tech equipment

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SHUTES FOLLY -- The toaster-oven-size machine whirred quietly atop the tripod as its laser recorded up to 40,000 data points a second.

National Park Service architects brought it here Tuesday, and by Thursday, they expect to have collected between 150 million and 200 million electronic measurements of one of Charleston's most neglected historic sites.

Castle Pinckney has stood guard on this island for two centuries -- and the brick fortification looks every year its age.

As the laser scanner did its work, photographer James Rosenthal with the Park Service's Historic American Building Survey lugged his 40-pound camera across the bleached oyster shells and took high-resolution black-and-white photos....

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