An Grianán, Stone Fort 3D Model. The Discovery Programme.

An Grianán, Stone Fort (3D Model). 

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland was founded in 1991 with the aim of “Enhancing the understanding of Ireland’s past through archaeological and related research in the humanities and sciences” and using education and outreach to promote this. As part of their remit, the team have systematically recorded ancient sites and monuments and related artefacts using aerial survey and remote sensing along with 3D scans to create a digital archive. These records are also used for monitoring and preservation work.

Decorated kerbstone located at the entrance of the cairn at Newgrange

Decorated kerbstone located at the entrance of the cairn at Newgrange

Ireland has a rich history and is especially noted for its neolithic sites and monastic past. These include Newgrange passage tomb/temple in the Boyne Valley which dates from around 3,200 BCE and was built to witness the winter solstice, the beehive huts of Kerry (from around 2,000 BCE),  and monastery on Skellig Michael plus many iron age forts, passage graves, standing stones and circles as well as more recent buildings and objects. The Discovery Programme has made over 400 of their 3D models available on Sketchfab, for example this annotated model of Dun Beg fort.

As a previous partner in the original ARIADNE Project, we’re very happy to welcome the Discovery Programme to the Research Infrastructure and look forward to seeing this wonderful collection along with all the new content they have recorded in the intervening period.