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Jun 9 11 tweets 14 min read
Our Bronze Age Roundhouse virtual reality experience case study is now live ⚡

Jono Sutton, our in-house 3D Environment Artist, has created an engaging and informative 3D reconstruction of the Bronze Age Roundhouse excavated at Bitham Park, Westbury 👨‍🎨
Wessex Archaeology was commissioned by RPS Consulting Services Ltd on behalf of Barratt David Wilson Homes to undertake a large-scale excavation.
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The excavation revealed evidence from the Bronze Age including a field system, ring ditch and a unique ‘palisaded’ enclosure around a central roundhouse.
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The bespoke 3D reconstruction can be displayed through Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, giving a real feel of what life may have been like in the Bronze Age.
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Using real-life archaeological evidence and in close consultation with our experts, Jono has created this sophisticated visualisation of what the house would have looked like within its original landscape. 🗺
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The Bronze Age roundhouse VR experience centres on the northern settlement area uncovered during excavations, which was dated to the Late Bronze Age. This roundhouse was one of at least two associated roundhouses within a small settlement outside the palisaded area.
It would also have been surrounded by several small square and rectangular four and six post-built structures which Jono has reconstructed within the VR Environment.
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A range of prehistoric pottery was recovered during the excavation, from Beaker to Late Bronze Age. This assemblage is likely to represent domestic activity and has been reflected in the Beaker ware inside the VR roundhouse. 🔥
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The techniques used to create our 3D reconstruction are similar to those used in computer games. The 3D model is made from polygons (modifiable geometry components) which are used to represent surfaces
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Texture maps (2D images) are projected onto the polygons to colour and enhance the model. The digital models are then assembled in a game’s engine which calculates how the models are lit
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In our fly throughs you can explore the roundhouse and discover a large cooking pot boiling over a fire, a warp weighted loom, a Palstave Axe, beds, benches, bowls, and pots.

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Jun 9
Our Community and Education specialists are at the Children’s Countryside Day at Glendale Show, Wooler, Northumberland today.
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Schools from Northumberland and Tyneside have been visiting our stand to take part in our Quern stone activities and explore our Stone Age – Iron Age loan box.
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These archaeological artefacts demonstrate how rural, agricultural communities functioned and thrived in the past and bring the past to life for our visiting school groups.
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Jun 9
As part of our growing Sustainability work, we’ve been inspired by leading climate scientists, such as Katharine Hayhoe, who are engaging hard-to-reach audiences on the issue of climate change.
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This links to important heritage sector debates on the importance of engaging communities on the need for rapid action essential to help our communities adapt and develop resilience to increasingly frequent flooding events.
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Heritage and archaeology’s role in building resilience is an area we have been researching within archaeological organisations and related disciplines. Evidence from the past can help contextualise perspectives on climate change and develop narratives with time depth.
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Jun 8
Another busy day exhibiting at #FloodandCoast2022!

One of our key #FCERM case studies is our creative heritage project, ‘The Ripple Effect’. The bespoke project for the @EnvAgency aims to further amplify the social value and community benefits of the Salisbury River Park scheme.
The project will improve people's well-being through positive engagement with the local environment, the community and each other, and engage people across all generations through walks, workshops, creative moments and shared experiences.

Image credit James Aldridge
We're committed to using #archaeology and #heritage to help our #FCERM clients deliver real benefits for communities and the environment, and to meet their #sustainability commitments across a wide range of social, environmental and economic goals.
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Jun 8
We’ll be taking part in a Treasure Hunt as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival this weekend - Sunday 12th June 📣

Come along to this family friendly event to explore four themed islands of hands-on activities for all the family to enjoy 🐚
You can find us at the ‘Sailing the Calm Seas’ venue at Greencroft Park between 11am – 4pm. Be sure to visit to get hands on with marine archaeology and discover the exciting artefacts, including cannonballs, that lie beneath the sea.
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We’ll have plenty of craft activities too so you can take home your very own paper boat. 🦀

Use the Treasure Hunt Map to navigate the four islands bursting with fun activities to see and do.
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Jun 8
🌊 Today is #WorldOceansDay 🌊

Revitalisation is the theme of this year’s World Oceans Day so, to celebrate, we’re looking at how our Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol work is raising awareness of how to record archaeological finds preserved in the ocean. 🔭
This telescope was discovered at Kendall’s wharf amongst aggregate from the South Coast region. It dates from 1944 and is an admiralty style telescope.
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It almost certainly came from a vessel – though as no vessel remains have been found in the same area, it may have been lost overboard rather than lost with a ship. 🛳️
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Jun 7
Here’s a look at some more of our finds recently featured in the ‘The world of Stonehenge’ exhibition publication, this time from the unusual ‘Boscombe Bowmen’ grave which we excavated 600 metres north of the ‘Amesbury Archer’s’ grave at Amesbury Down, near Stonehenge.
The communal grave contained the remains of nine, possibly ten, individuals including one infant (cremated), two children, one teenager and five adult males.
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Much of the bone had been curated and redeposited, placed in bundles within the grave lying around (generally just below) and – in the case of a few random bones – above the in situ (articulated) remains of one of the adult males.
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