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Reconstructing church space

Prof. Rebecca Sweetman is developing a range of complementary projects focussing on the form and function of church space.

Several of the projects concentrate on architectural reconstructions using 3-D computer modelling techniques. These run in collaboration with Dr Alan Miller in the School of Computer Science and other departments within the University of St Andrews. They also investigate the applications of 3-D modelling within learning and teaching in archaeology.

A number of trials have proved how much more information learners have been able to retain through experiencing the architecture and space (see C. Allison, K. Getchell, A. Miller & R. J. Sweetman 2010). They show that the use of virtual worlds can have a significant impact on making archaeological sites and their issues accessible, understandable and stimulating to a wide range of users.

Funding for the projects has been generously provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), British Academy,  British School at Athens,  Carnegie Foundation, Higher Education Academy, Memoria Romana Project,  Royal Society at Edinburgh (RSE), School of Classics, and University of St Andrews  (FILTA, SELF & 600th Anniversary).

Plans have been drawn by N. McGuirk & K. O’Conor.
Virtual Reconstructions by S. Kennedy & A. Miller with R. Fawcett & J. Luxford