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Viva Success!

Just a very quick post now that I’ve had time to let it sink in/recover from the celebrations – I passed my viva on Tuesday and pending minor corrections will officially be Dr.

My New Website

I’ve just finished setting up my professional freelance website – for all your archaeological visualisation needs! Head over to to see my portfolio and do get in touch if you’d like to discuss any potential commissions or projects.

Storystorm Workshop

On the 5th June I’ll be talking at the Storystorm workshop being held at the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio… The event is free but you do need to register, which you can do HERE.   StoryStorm Workshop: Heritage Stories and Digital Technology The StoryStorm Network is a collaborative exchange of methods for storytelling in research.

Three Days at Petra

First off, a disclaimer that this post isn’t particularly research focussed so if you’re allergic to fun turn away now…still with me? Ok. Last week I returned from a fantastic adventure to the Middle East where I visited one of the ‘New Seven Wonders’ of the world – the ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan.

Open Virtual Worlds: St Kilda

I’ve recently been working with the University of St Andrews as a research assistant on their Open Virtual Worlds project. Their research team have been developing an interactive virtual model of the village on Hirte for the Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre on North Uist as part of their St Kilda exhibition.

Build great models . . . throw them away

The rise of digital humanities suggests the need to rethink some basic questions in quantitative history. Why, for example, should historians use regression analysis? The conventional answer is simple: regression analysis is a social science tool, and historians should use it to do social science history. But that is a limited and constraining answer.

Autodesk Photogrammetry Capture for Maya 2015 Launch

  In October 2013, xRez Studio was contracted by Autodesk to capture spectacular landscape features of our choosing to be used for content promoting an upcoming launch of Maya 2015. We suggested 2 primary sites, the sand tufa formations at Mono Lake in the Eastern Sierra, and the wind-carved sandstone formations at Valley of Fire in Nevada.

A new free online course on Roman Archaeology and Digital Technologies

Registration for the free online course on the “Archaeology of Portus: exploring the lost harbour of Ancient Rome” is now open! The online course is the new exciting project of the University of Southampton and promises to be a fascinating experience for those interested in Roman Archaeology and the application of digital technologies to the study of Roman sites. More details you can find at the project’s  website.

Neolithic Workshops for the British Museum

This month I’ll be working with the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre at the British Museum to deliver a ‘Neolithic Workshop’ for children aged 7+. The workshop will run at 11am and 2.30pm on the Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March, running for around 2 and a half hours each.


Alice:Just a quick post to share a great blog post from Mike Pitts about Mark Edmonds and Rose Ferraby’s new book “Stonework” which is a collection of art and poetry centred around the narrative of making a stone axe… Originally posted on Mike Pitts – Digging Deeper: Here’s a lovely thing.

Hiroshima Peace Conference

In winter of 2011, xRez partner Eric Hanson spoke at the Hiroshima Peace Museum at a conference on utilizing digital media toward peace education. Meeting with filmmaker Mr. Masaaki Tanabe and TBS producer Norico Wada on our prior involvement with the Hiroshima Reconstruction Project while there, Eric was provided warm and  generous hospitality, being personally toured over several days to several deeply affecting historic sites surrounding this dark chapter of human history.

Spherical Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is one of the most remarkable natural features in the Colorado Plateau, but is heavily photographed and takes little skill to derive an astounding image. We wanted to capture it spatially using spherical imagery to help describe the very complex sculptural forms contained within. Ultimately, we hope to reconstruct the two canyons with stereoscopy and full 3d modeling, but in 2010 we performed this series of panoramic captures as a scout.

Vote for Links of Noltland in Current Archaeology!

The Links of Noltland has been nominated for the Current Archaeology 2014 awards as “Rescue Dig of the Year”, exciting! You can cast your votes HERE… It would be great to see Noltland win the category – not only because I’m currently involved in visualisation work for the site - but because it’s significance to the understanding of Neolithic and Bronze Age life in Orkney is hugely important and winning would boost the profile of the site! Keeping my...

And The Reviews Are In: Evaluating Digital Dwelling

It’s been a while since I’ve had time to sit down and properly write a reflexive blog post about anything to do with my PhD, and considering I’m currently finalising the last chapter of my thesis now seemed like as good a time as any! If you keep up with the blog you will know that one of the major case studies to have come out of my research was the Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae project, which saw collaboration between myself, Kieran Baxter, Aaron Watson and John Was.

This Was 2013- Now Back to Blogging

2013 shaped itself up to be a great year in a number of ways, especially for my research and archaeological pursuits. It was the year I got a taste for aerial archaeology flying over Cumbria thanks to Kieran Baxter, the year we released our Digital Dwelling at Skara Brae film on the unsuspecting public, and also the year we began exciting new fieldwork at the Links of Noltland. Some highlights from 2013.

Yosemite Spyglass for Oculus Rift & iPad

We love Yosemite and have found a few new ways to experience it in gigapixel on the iPad and Oculus Rift! The Oculus Rift version of Yosemite Spyglass is available for the Mac and PC.  The Yosemite Spyglass for the iPad is available in the Apple App Store.