The British History Podcast part II: The Beaker People with Dr. Alison Sheridan

A couple of weeks after I spoke with Zee and Jamie over at the British History Podcast about the new research we have undertaken throughout the project, they got the chance to interview Dr Alison Sheridan, the Principal Curator of Early Prehistory in the Scottish History and Archaeology department at National Museums Scotland, as a part 2 of the…

Dating Ava: The radiocarbon dates

What is radiocarbon dating? Over the next few weeks I’m going to be writing brief overviews of the different pieces of research we have undertaken during the project. I’m going to kick this off with the radiocarbon dates. For anyone who is unfamiliar with what radiocarbon dating is, I highly recommend checking out this page…

‘The British History Podcast’ – an interview of all things Ava

I was delighted to pair up with the amazing dream duo Jamie and Dr Zee of the British History Podcast last weekend. They really did their homework and came up with some fantastic questions resulting in a great conversation with some intriguing discussion points. I’d highly recommend listening to it because Jamie and Zee have…

Interviews and lectures

Over the last few months I’ve given a couple of interviews and lectures which have been recorded and edited into YouTube videos (thanks to Santi, Doug and Marc). You can watch them here if you want a more thorough overview of the project! This one was given in February 2017 and is the longest and…

Reconstruindo a Ava: um guia passo-a-passo

Muitos de vós têm expressado o vosso interesse no processo de reconstrução facial da Ava. Por conseguinte, Hew Morrison trabalhou arduamente nos últimos dias na elaboração de uma explicação acessível que nos ajude a compreender como é que ele procedeu à criação da reconstrução facial de Ava em duas dimensões (2D). Hew Morrison é Mestre…

Reconstrucción facial Ava

Muchos habéis expresado vuestro interés en el proceso de reconstrucción facial de Ava, así que Hew ha estado trabajando duro estos últimos días para traernos una explicación clara que nos ayude a entender cómo creó la reconstrucción bidimensional. Hew Morrisson está graduado en el Máster en Ciencias Forensic Art de la Universidad de Dundee. Se…

The Caithness Roundhouses of This Age

Chris and Shona Scatchard from Caithness have spent the last few years experimenting with building roundhouses inspired by Iron Age examples, using the materials available locally. Chris has kindly put together this inspiring piece about his experiences!   There have been many attempts to reconstruct Iron age roundhouses by archaeology groups and other enthusiasts, but…

‘Ruined’ – A short animation

I wanted to create something that explored both the every day of Bronze Age life and looked at the evolution of a Bronze Age roundhouse and it’s collapse into an archaeological site / a ruin. In this short animation we watch as a man arrives at a site and decides to set up home. He…

Reconstructing the burial

The main way I carry out research and process my thoughts is through visualisation. Writing, whilst useful, never seems to do justice to the way I think. Instead, over the years, I have found myself more and more often at my graphics tablet until the wee hours creating images which explain my thoughts better than…

3D Laser Scan – The Beaker

After scanning the skull, Adeola Fabola – from Open Virtual Worlds and the University of St. Andrews – kindly offered to also scan the original beaker. This 4,000 year old clay pot has now been recorded from every angle possible by laser scanning, and is available for you to view right now, right here. Enjoy!…

3D laser scan – Ava’s skull

Good morning everyone, This weekend I was in Inverness attending the Highland Archaeology Festival RADAR conference spreading the word about the project. On Sunday morning I was fortunate to get talking to Alan and Ade from St Andrews University School of Computer Science, and the Open Virtual Worlds group. They asked if I would like them to 3D…