Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site is one of Britain's most important and evocative archaeological monuments. It stretches right across the north of England and when it was built it marked the northern extent of the Roman empire. The purpose of this epic feat of engineering was to separate the Roman world from the barbarian world beyond the wall. A series of forts and milecastles were placed along the wall and over time these became as domestic as military, with civilian settlements growing up beside forts and numerous temples being constructed.
An amazing array of altars, statues and other carvings have been found along the wall by archaeologists and many of these have been preserved within the collection of the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle, now housed within the Great North Museum. We have scanned over 50 of these as part of our recent collaboration with University of Newcastle through the NU Digital Heritage project (http://www.nu-digitalheritage.com). One of the planned uses of these digital models will be for use as a teaching resource for initiatives such as Newcastle university's free online Massive Online Open Course Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier. For more information on the scans see http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/blogs/news/2015/03/03/laser-scan-GNM-no-5
From arriving in the evening, to partying in the stones during the night, and leaving by bus in the morning, this video should give the viewer a sense of what it is like to be at Stonehenge during the summer solstice celebrations.
It was filmed spontaneously during a 12 hour period, by hand, on an LG KC910 Renoir mobile phone.
This is a compilation of some of our other videos, and some new material, put together for the Council for British Archaeology Wessex regional conference, held at the Ordnance Survey headquarters in Southampton, UK.
In this short film, you can see the Stonehenge landscape in 3D, view some 3D models of bones from the Amesbury Archer's skeleton, scans of WWI and WWII graffiti, and a new cut of the Seabed Prehistory archaeological reconstruction.
The video was put together by Tom Goskar at Wessex Archaeology http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/ We are grateful to other who made contributions over the past few years to make this possible. Credits and acknowledgements to these people and organisations are included in the film.
This short film shows the landscape around Stonehenge as recorded by LIDAR survey (airborne 3D scanning). Millions of measurements were taken across the landscape, and here they have been turned into a 'solid' computer model to show how well the archaeology is recorded by this method.
Prehistoric burial mounds (barrows), the great Cursus (a 2km Neolithic monument), the Bronze Age Avenue which links Stonehenge to the River Avon, and other henges such as Woodhenge and Durrington Walls are all clearly visible.
It is possibly the first time that this data has been shown in this way, at 1:1 with no reduction of data quality to produce a perspective animation.
To find out more technical information about the survey, visit the Stonehenge LIDAR section of the English Heritage website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.00100200300400a001001
More info at the Wessex Archaeology Computing blog: http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/blogs/computing/2007/11/15/stonehenge-landscape-3d
Archaeologists have created a 3D visualisation of a whole prehistoric landscape now submerged 20 metres under the English Channel, and 8 miles off the West Sussex coast.
This is how we believe it may have looked over 8000 years ago, based upon environmental and geophysical surveys; an estuary populated by families living from the river, sea and land; a river surrounded by salt marsh and forest.
Find out more about the project at