A flythrough of the parts of the virtual reconstruction of the Caen Township which were excavated.
The Caen township sits approximately 1 kilometre up the Strath (area alongside a river) from the village of Helmsdale in Sutherland, Scotland. Caen was a township that was cleared during the highland clearances. The Open Virtual Worlds group at the university of St Andrews has created a digital model of the township as it might have been before the clearances. This model has been installed as an interactive exhibit in the Timespan museum and Arts centre, located in Helmsdale.
One of the features of the model is that the findings an archaeological excavation that took place at the site in the summer of 2013 has been integrated into the model. The excavation was undertaken by a team from the University of the Highlands and Islands, in Scotland. The video focuses on two structures that were excavated, a longhouse and its adjacent auxiliary structure. In the longhouse the video shows a tiled floor, which was unearthed during the dig, as well as the hearth, which was discovered to be in the centre of the longhouse. This placement is atypical of longhouses of the period. Having exited the longhouse the video goes into the next door byre, in which the excavation turned up fragments of an exploded whiskey still!
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