Archaeological 3D Modelling of Cornish Sites

The following 3D models have been produced by Tom Goskar of the Curatorial Research Centre for clients such as Penwith Landscape Partnership, Cornwall Archaeological Unit, St Piran's Trust and others.

Clicking on the 'full screen arrows' bottom right on the models will allow you to enlarge and move them to study them in greater detail. Press 'Esc' on your keyboard to return.

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Madron Baptistry is a medieval baptistry close to Madron Well, Cornwall.

3D scan for Penwith Landscape Partnership by the Curatorial Research Centre.

Lanyon Quoit, A Neolithic quoit between Morvah and Madron in West Penwith, Cornwall UK.

The quoit collapsed in 1815 and was rebuilt in 1824. Originally it had four upright supports, but only three were used in the reconstruction. This 3D scan revealed the date AD 1824 carved into one of the supporting stones.

3D scan for Penwith Landscape Partnership by the Curatorial Research Centre.

Bosporthennis Beehive Hut survives as a circular corbelled chamber approximately 4m in diameter defined by a neatly constructed wall of granite blocks standing up to 2.5m high and connected to a rectangular chamber measuring 3.5m long by 2m wide internally. There are four entrances: one on the north west may be original; one to the east, now blocked, may be secondary; one to the south east inter-connects the two chambers; and the final south western one is much later. The floor of the beehive hut is paved and there is a square cupboard like recess in one wall. The beehive hut is situated in the corner of a field and field boundaries connect to it.

3D scan for Penwith Landscape Partnership by the Curatorial Research Centre.

St Piran’s Oratory is an early medieval chapel dedicated to St Piran, the patron saint of tin miners in Cornwall. This is a very important site to Cornish identity. It was buried under an artificial sand dune from the early 1980s to protect it, but was uncovered in 2014 to allow conservation and recording work, including this 3D survey.

The concrete outer casing was built to protect it in 1910 and all but the lower few rows were removed to allow conservation work.

This is a VR ready model of St Piran’s Oratory as it appears without the concrete walls surrounding the structure today. The model has been created by simplifying the extremely high detailed 3D archaeological survey.

The structure that you see here is a result of many ‘restorations’ over the years (particularly in the 19th & early 20th centuries) and the dating of the different parts of the building is still to come.

The survey was commissioned on behalf of Cornwall Archaeological Unit and St Piran Trust.