High-tech archaeology weekend for all ages


Published Monday 11 January 2016

Join archaeologists and computer game specialists for an interactive weekend of gaming, history and cutting edge technology.

Visit the New Forest Centre between 10am and 3pm on 16 and 17 January to see how researchers have been able to use new technologies to bring the forgotten history of the New Forest to life. You can try your hand at a wide range of hands on activities:

  • explore virtual reconstructions of archaeological sites found in the New Forest and immerse yourself in augmented reality worlds
  • experience virtual reality through Oculus Rift goggles and through your phone with Google Cardboard
  • try your hand at re-creating your own archaeological site with Minecraft
  • see 3D models of shipwrecks, produced the Maritime Archaeology Trust
  • have your Minecraft model judged - the best over the weekend will receive a personalised map, courtesy of Ordnance Survey.

Lawrence Shaw, Heritage Mapping and Data Officer, said: ‘If you have an interest in technology or archaeology you are certain to find something that excites you at this event.

‘Archaeologists will be on hand both days to talk you through their exciting discoveries and show you how to use cutting edge technology. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend that the whole family can enjoy then please do come down and see us.’

The Digi Arc weekend runs between 10am and 3pm this weekend and also provides a last chance to see the popular exhibition Shedding Light on the New Forest’s Past. It charts the high tech approaches to discovering archaeology taken in the National Park and has attracted more than 15,000 visitors since September. The exhibition is open daily at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst and runs until 24 January.

The exhibition covers the work of the Verderers of the New Forest Higher Level Stewardship scheme - a habitat restoration project run by the Verderers, New Forest National Park Authority, Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Find out more about the Digi Arc weekend at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/digiarc


Notes to photo editor:

A child uses an iPad to learn about archaeology at last summer's New Forest Heritage Weekend.

Notes to editor:

1. The Environmental Stewardship Schemes are administered by Natural England, on behalf of Defra, and funds farmers and land managers throughout England to deliver effective environmental management on their land.

The objectives of Environmental Stewardship are to:

  • Promote public access and understanding of the countryside
  • Maintain and enhance landscape quality and character
  • Protect the historic environment and natural resources
  • Conserve biodiversity

2. The role of the Verderers of the New Forest is to protect and administer the New Forest's unique agricultural commoning practices; to conserve its traditional landscape, wildlife and aesthetic character, including its flora and fauna, peacefulness, natural beauty and cultural heritage;  and to safeguard a viable future for commoning. www.verderers.org.uk

3. The New Forest National Park Authority works with partners to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the National Park and to promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities. It also has a duty to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park. www.newforestnpa.gov.uk

4. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible for forestry in Great Britain. It supports woodland owners with grants; tree felling licences, regulation and advice; promotes the benefits of forests and forestry; and advises Government on forestry policy. It manages more than a million hectares (2.5 million acres) of national forest land for public benefits such as sustainable timber production, public recreation, nature conservation, and rural and community development. For more information, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/newforest

5. Natural England is the government's advisor on the natural environment. Established in 2006 our work is focused on enhancing England's wildlife and landscapes and maximising the benefits they bring to the public. www.naturalengland.org.uk

Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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