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Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae

Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH,volume 11)


This project explores mixed-media as an archaeological field method through the act of making an experimental film at the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae. A mixed-media approach has the potential to capture and communicate very different qualities of the archaeological record to systematic and objective techniques of data collection alone. The process of gathering and converging diverse media, from laser scans to watercolour painting, enables experiential and creative responses to the past.


  • Art
  • Archaeology
  • Camera
  • Video
  • Documentation
  • Creative practice

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Many thanks to Historic Scotland for funding this project and to the Scottish Ten team and CDDV (Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation) for provision of data. Thanks to the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art and to Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, the University of Dundee. We are especially grateful to Alice Lyall and Stephen Watt for arranging site access, and also to Ann Marwick, Alan Jones and staff at Skara Brae and Maeshowe. Special thanks to Nick Card, Caroline Wickham-Jones, Antonia Thomas, Peter Needham, Neil Firth and all those who took part in a focus group hosted by Orkney College. Kit Reid and Richard Strachan for their support and feedback. Alastair Rawlinson for his wisdom and assistance back in the lab. Finally, thanks to Jeremy Huggett and Paul Chapman for their advice and guidance.

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Watterson, A., Baxter, K., Watson, A. (2014). Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae. In: Russell, I., Cochrane, A. (eds) Art and Archaeology. One World Archaeology, vol 11. Springer, New York, NY.

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