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In the autumn of 2015, Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne/Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, at the invitation of the Discovery Programme and the Ogham in 3D project, held an introductory session in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh to introduce people to the concept of producing 3D models of carved stone antiquities (with the emphasis initially on ogham stones) using the Structure from Motion (SfM) technique.

Two follow-up training sessions took place in the spring of 2016, and, with generous sponsorship from the Kerry Group, this project was initiated. The Dingle Peninsula has one of the greatest concentrations of surviving archaeological monuments in the country, as can be seen by a perusal of the area on http://webgis.archaeology.ie/historicenvironment/.

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A detailed survey of most of these monuments was carried out by Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne in the early 1980s, and published as the Archaeological Survey of the Dingle Peninsula (Cuppage, J. et al., Ballyferriter, 1986), now out of print. The archive of that survey, with detailed notes on each site, is housed in Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne and can be consulted by appointment, by contacting the curator at info@westkerrymuseum.com.

The aim of the current project is to record as many carved stone monuments (ogham stones, rock art, cross slabs etc.) using this exciting technique which enables the objects to be viewed in 3D, through the use of basic digital photography. The images taken are processed by specialist software that produces a 3D model, which can be viewed from any angle and with the light source projected from any direction. This allows marks and carvings not always detectable by the human eye and under normal light, to be detected and analysed. Already new discoveries have been made, and all completed models will be shown on this web site, along with some general information about the sites themselves.

This community project has only begun, and is open to all who might have an interest. The basic tool is a digital camera - and time. Please enjoy browsing through our site.

We would like to thank our Sponsors for their continued support.

RTÉ piece on Ogham

 

Ogham in Corca Dhuibhne​​​​​​​

 

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