The Rock Art Network
The Rock Art Network
The Rock Art Network
Bradshaw Foundation - Latest News
Bryn Celli Ddu in new CGI film
Sunday 11 June 2017

Ancient tomb like you've never seen it before: Bryn Celli Ddu in new CGI film

 

Work has been completed on an innovative CGI film that will bring Bryn Celli Ddu back to life. 

Known as one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain, the 5,000-year old monument was once constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of ancestors. It is the only site in Wales that has a solar alignment, where the sun casts a beam of light into the monument on the summer solstice. 

Bryn Celli Ddu at Dusk. Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu at Dusk. Image: copyright Adam Stanford.

The film is part of the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project, which is a partnership between Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government, the University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University. The film shows how the site may have looked during the Neolithic period, and sheds light on the newly-discovered rock art panels and Bronze Age cairn which surround the monument.

Bryn Celli Ddu aerial shot. Anglesey, Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu aerial shot. Image: copyright Adam Stanford.

Using CGI technology, 3D models and laser scanning techniques, the film reconstructs Bryn Celli Ddu and eleven rock art panels, which used to stand in the immediate landscape of Bryn Celli Ddu, thousands of years ago. 

The CGI animation allows viewers to 'see' Bryn Celli Ddu through its development from the Mesolithic through to its late Neolithic heyday. 

Bryn Celli Ddu summer solstice. Wales. Archaeology

Bryn Celli Ddu summer solstice. Image: copyright Adam Stanford.

The 3D models were developed using photogrammetry by Aerial-Cam, and the CGI developed by Cardiff-based firm Mint Motion.

Adam Stanford, from Aerial-Cam said: "This has been an excellent chance to bring some of Anglesey's amazing heritage to life.

"Using 3D models, people will be able to experience Bryn Celli Ddu as never before, viewing the chamber, the passage and the original setting of the famous pattern stone as it was intended."

Dr Ffion Reynolds, Heritage and Arts Manager for Cadw (below), said: "This CGI film is just one of the ways we are raising awareness of the Neolithic period on Ynys Môn, or Anglesey, with the aim of engaging local people and visitors in the island's rich heritage."

Dr Ffion Reynolds examining nearby outcrops for carved cupmarks. Anglesey, Wales

Dr Ffion Reynolds examining nearby outcrops for carved cupmarks. Image: copyright Adam Stanford.

"For the first time, we will be able to show how our ancestors lined up this tomb with the summer solstice. This CGI reconstruction is based on real data, documentary evidence and archaeological discoveries from our current excavations.

"We're thrilled that we can reveal this new film to mark the beginning of the third season of excavation in the landscape of Bryn Celli Ddu. We are always looking for new ways to tell these old stories, and we look forward to welcoming people to our celebration events this June".

Bryn Celli Ddu Open Day 2016. Wales, Anglesey. Archaeology.

Bryn Celli Ddu Open Day 2016. Image: copyright Adam Stanford.

As part of the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project, a series of events have the arranged to celebrate the Neolithic period on Anglesey.

On Friday, June 16, Cadw will invite stargazers young and old to bring along telescopes or binoculars to the prehistoric site to catch a glimpse of the night sky over North Wales.

On Saturday, June 17, an open day celebrating the Neolithic period in Wales will take place at Bryn Celli Ddu.

There will be live flint knapping demonstrations and a chance to meet Neolithic characters, and have a go at making pots like those found at the tomb. 

Visitors will get the chance to find out more about the current excavations, with live tours of the monument and the open archaeological trenches. 

For full summer events listings:

http://cadw.gov.wales/?skip=1&lang=cy

http://cadw.gov.wales/?skip=1&lang=en

Find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.

Comment
Rock Art
Quinkan Country rock art
by Bradshaw Foundation
Monday 11 November 2019
Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 05 November 2019
Rock carvings discovered in Uzbekistan
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 24 September 2019
Cave Painting
Dating questions challenge Neandertal cave art
by Bradshaw Foundation
Friday 01 November 2019
Rock Art Network Colloquium 3
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 29 October 2019
Resilience of Australian rock art paint
by Bradshaw Foundation
Monday 07 October 2019
Paleoanthropology
Skull found in Greece
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 11 July 2019
Ice Age wolf found
by Bradshaw Foundation
Wednesday 12 June 2019
DNA reveals ancient migrations
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 06 June 2019
Archaeology
Mammoth traps discovered in Mexico
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Earlier development of prehistoric weapons
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 03 October 2019
Raiders of the Lost Past on BBC
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 12 September 2019
Anthropology
South Pacific Islanders used obsidian for tattoos
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 12 July 2016
Oldest evidence of domesticated rice in China
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 23 June 2016
Landscapes shaped by human activity
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 07 June 2016
World Heritage
Moving the stones of Stonehenge
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Adoranten 2018
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 20 June 2019
Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece
by Bradshaw Foundation
Wednesday 08 May 2019
Follow the Bradshaw Foundation on social media for news & updates
Follow the Bradshaw Foundation
on social media for news & updates
Follow the Bradshaw Foundation on social media for news & updates
Follow the Bradshaw Foundation
on social media for news & updates
If you have enjoyed visiting this website
please consider adding a link © Bradshaw Foundation
 
 
ROCK ART NETWORK
Rock Art Network Bradshaw Foundation Getty Conservation Institute
ROCK ART
Quinkan Country rock art
by Bradshaw Foundation
Monday 11 November 2019
Petroglyphs of the Kansas Smoky Hills
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 05 November 2019
Rock carvings discovered in Uzbekistan
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 24 September 2019
CAVE PAINTINGS
PALEOANTHROPOLOGY
Skull found in Greece
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 11 July 2019
Ice Age wolf found
by Bradshaw Foundation
Wednesday 12 June 2019
DNA reveals ancient migrations
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 06 June 2019
ARCHAEOLOGY
Mammoth traps discovered in Mexico
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Earlier development of prehistoric weapons
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 03 October 2019
Raiders of the Lost Past on BBC
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 12 September 2019
ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD HERITAGE
Moving the stones of Stonehenge
by Bradshaw Foundation
Tuesday 16 July 2019
Adoranten 2018
by Bradshaw Foundation
Thursday 20 June 2019
Modern sculpture meets ancient Greece
by Bradshaw Foundation
Wednesday 08 May 2019
Bradshaw Foundation Donate Friends
Support our work & become a
Friend of the Foundation
 
 
Bradshaw Foundation Facebook
 
Bradshaw Foundation YouTube
Bradshaw Foundation iShop Shop Store
Bradshaw Foundation iShop Shop Store
Bradshaw Foundation iShop Shop Store