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  • Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae A collaborative project in archaeological visualisationAlice Watterson | Kieran Baxter | Aaron Watson
  • The Research ProblemAt present the application of visualisation in archaeology often falls far short of its potential . Regardless of the medium used visualisation is still practised along the traditional “artists’ impression” methodology. There are no defined archaeological methodologies which encourage and embrace the creative process.There has been a rapid uptake of new technologies for visualisation in recentyears with little consideration of the impact on the interpretive process and engagement with the archaeological record.
  • Neolithic Orkney
  • Skara Brae
  • The Focus Group “How do you use visualisation in your own work?”“What interpretations of the site would you like to see developed through our project?”
  • After turning the corner and passing the entrance to Hut 6 (which is a later addition), the passageway suddenlyexpands and becomes highly decorated. Where Hut 2 leads into this area of Passage A, two features serve to separate it from this apparently important area. First, an elaborate porch-like addition to the entrance separates the house It is clear that this doorway from the main passage. Second, both sides of the porch area are decorated. portion of passage A constitutes a space of special concern, or even risk. Interestingly it also marks the beginning of Passage B and the journey to Hut 7… ...It is exactly at this point that further incised decoration is seen on the wall. Continuing along the passage a secondupright sill slab marks another step down which coincides with more elaborate decoration on the right-hand wall face. The final step down places the subject in a substantially broader and higher area known as Passage C. Directly ahead is the entrance to a small cell within which the door bar of Hut 7 can be controlled. On entering Passage C a further upright sill slab can is stepped over, and to the left the entrance to Hut 7 becomesvisible. A flagstone path now leads directly along the passage and into the entrance passage of Hut7. Proceeding along this pathway involved a gradual decent and the crossing of another upright sill slab, before reaching the doorway ofHut 7. This area was also decorated by a carved stone set high up in the passage wall (Childe and Paterson 1929, 247). a descent of almost one and a half metres hasIn reaching this point from Passage A, been undertaken, and no less than five sill slabs and four areas of decoration have been negotiated. (Richards 1991, 31)
  • What did we learn?
  • Thank you! Follow the project at www.digitaldirtvirtualpasts.wordpress.comQuestionnaires available – please give your feedback!
  • AcknowledgementsAnn Marwick, Mary Dunnett and the staff at Skara Brae Alan Jones and the team at Maeshowe Alice Lyall Stephen Watt Kit Reid Richard Strachan Nick Card Caroline Wickham-Jones Antonia Thomas Peter Needham Neil Firth Alastair Rawlinson Lorraine McEwan Rebecca Younger Jeremy Huggett Paul Chapman