Art and archaeology combined!

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Mither Tap, Aberdeenshire

Neolithic chambered tombs, Bronze Age burial cairns and ancient rock art are set alongside Iron Age hill forts, brochs and duns in a new exhibition at the University of Stirling art gallery.

Running until the end of March, ‘Echoes in Stone’ reveals a previously hidden dimension to archaeology across Scotland, with a series of artistic images based on laser scans of archaeological features.

The set of captivating and unusual images come from recent surveys undertaken on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland.

Matt Ritchie, Forestry Enterprise Scotland Archaeologist, said:

“Whether at a landscape scale, recording stone-by-stone detail or achieving sub-millimetre accuracy, archaeological laser scanning can produce amazing images.

“We have really got to grips with the idea of ‘creative archaeological visualisation’ and have tried to combine these new archaeological survey techniques with an artistic ethos.

“This means we can produce detailed site records alongside innovative and spectacular illustrations that will really capture people’s imaginations and hopefully help them get a fascinating new insight into life in Scotland in the distant past.”

The detailed archaeological measured surveys enable conservation management, condition monitoring and archaeological recording at the most significant historic assets on Scotland’s National Forest Estate and elsewhere.

The archaeology team works with stakeholders to enable research and the development of best practice and to promote Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.