Community Engagement and Online Galleries

One of the main aims of the 2013 excavation at Caerau was to engage the community as much as possible, so that this amazing hill fort would become part of the people living in Cardiff and particularly Ely, rather than something separate from them. During the four weeks spent on site hundreds of school children were shown around the site and asked to perform tasks such as writing letters to the Iron Age, washing finds and making pottery.

In particular the kids were asked to make some “celtic heads” using clay, basically faces decorated in any way they liked. The results are extremely artistic and are worthy of being put on display, something which I realised may be possible to do using Photogrammetry.

Hence having selected 40 or so of the most well preserved heads (some had cracked due to the sun) I proceeded to 3D them and the results can be found at http://robbarratt.sketchfab.me/folders/celtic-heads . This way everyone can appreciate the great work these kids put into them.

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At the same time this shows another potential for Photogrammetry, which is creating online galleries, potentially entire museum collections stored on the web and accessible to all.

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About Rob Barratt

Mphil in Archaeological Research at Cambridge Univerity, BA in archaeology from Cardiff University, field archaeologist, technology enthusiast and computer geek. I like writing codes and making fancy models of old stuff.

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