Highlands & Islands

Iron Age ruins in Assynt recreated in 3D

3D model of Clachtoll broch Image copyright James McComas
Image caption The model allows its viewer to see the broch from different angles

A 3D model has been created of the ruins of an Iron Age home in the Highlands.

James McComas made the model of Clachtoll broch in Assynt and has made it available online.

It allows the viewer to see the 2,000-year-old ruins from different angles.

Clachtoll broch Image copyright AOC Archaeology
Image caption An aerial image of the actual archaeological dig site in Assynt
3D model of Clachtoll broch Image copyright James McComas
Image caption The model is available online

A major excavation has been taking place at the site.

The project, which is funded by Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is being led by AOC Archaeology and involves Historic Assynt.

3D model of Clachtoll broch Image copyright James McComas
Image caption The model shows an Iron Age roundhouse known as a broch

It is thought the stone roundhouse was abandoned between 150BC and 50AD after a fire broke out either accidently or in an attack.

The North of Scotland Archaeological Society has been raising awareness of Mr McComas' digital model.

Clachtoll broch Image copyright AOC Archaeology
Image caption Archaeologists are excavating Clachtoll broch

All images are copyrighted.

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