Dig It 2015! website launch, Rouken Glen, 15/03/2014


Dig It 2015! website launch, Rouken Glen, 15/03/2014

Stuart Jeffrey and Mhairi Maxwell having a natter at last weekend’s at Dig It 2015! website launch and showcase.


Dig It! 2015

ACCORD were at the Dig It! 2015 website launch on Saturday at the lovely setting of Rouken Glen- did we see you there?

We had a grand old time (it certainly beat the rugby…). It was great to be amongst the first to see the beautifully designed and engaging website (check it out here), to find out what other worthwhile work is being produced by community groups and colleagues, and to talk to curious weekenders out and about in the park. Plus I am particularly pleased with my freebie bright pink T-shirt, which were going like hotcakes!

Dig It! 2015 will be the year of archaeology and is being co-ordinated by two charities – the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland. At the heart of the festival is the ethos Archaeology is for everyone, and there will be a series of exciting educational and participatory events taking place across the whole length and breadth of Scotland.

At the heart of ACCORD is the belief that archaeology is not just for everyone, but is increasingly made by everyone– especially with the accessibility and ubiquity of digital technology today.

Here is a photogrammetic 3D model produced using photographs taken on an iphone of a blown-over bench in the walled garden at Rouken Glen by the ACCORD team and some willing volunteers. Thank you to the ranger who gave us special access to this area on the day! Only 30 photos were taken walking around the object at various angles, some close-up/ others further away, which were then processed using Agisoft-Photoscan software. If you’re out and about, have a go yourself!

3D model generated using Agisoft Photoscan

3D model generated using Agisoft Photoscan

crop of bench x3 crop of bench

We also attempted a more ambitious 3D model of the whole walled garden by walking around he perimeter- however,  I need more of your photos! If you are reading this and took part in our wee experiment please get in touch and I will stitch them into my incomplete version…AND watch this space!

Hello there!

I have just come to the end of my first 2 weeks working on the @ACCORD_project and my has it flown past! Already I have been up at Glasgow Cathedral playing with lasers, and have learnt to create 3D models of buildings using photographs taken with my own camera and iphone.

I am a trained field archaeologist and love getting my trowel muddy. So how did I find myself here, surrounded by whiz-kids at the digital design studio? Well, my own fascination with the potential of digital methods came to the fore when I was based at the National Museum of Scotland and helped design a popular online 3D platform for a crowd-sourced project which aimed to refit thousands of fragments from the hacked-off face of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish Stone (go to http://www.pictishpuzzle.co.uk to find out more). This is a truly democratic attempt to piece together the past, only made possible in a digital world. More and more, digital technology is becoming recognised as an incredibly helpful tool for recording, preserving and communicating the past (check out the very exciting Scottish Ten project http://www.scottishten.org). However, in the main projects have been carried out by specialists, and remain in the field of experts.

Uniquely, at the heart of the ACCORD project is the co-design ethos. Together with local communities we will digitally document and capture the stories of significant heritage monuments, in ways appropriate to that community’s needs, hopes and desires. I am excited to see the various outcomes of what we create together- watch this space!