Sueno’s Stone which dates back to the ninth or tenth century is the tallest (21 feet) and most complex piece of early medieval architecture in Scotland.
The historical preservation organization Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has 3D scanned Sueno’s Stone, as well as about a third of the other Pictish standing stones. They have plans to 3D digitally preserve all of the items in its care.
“We can digitally enhance the data and change light sources, which helps bring out detail on carved stones that is particularly worn,” said Dr. Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager for HES. “It helps us to interpret these stones better.”
“We use the data primarily for conservation, but also to help us manage the sites better. They also enable virtual access,” said Dr. Wilson. “We can use the data to build virtual reality experiences and other immersive technologies. We can use 3D printing to create a scale model of the stones for school use. It allows pupils to handle a replica without… having to travel. One of things we plan to do with the scans is use them to develop interactive lectures so we can work with experts.”
HES is also responsible for the Scottish Ten Project.