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Thursday, 14 January 2016

New Forest high-tech archaeology weekend for all ages

Join archaeologists and computer game specialists for an interactive weekend of gaming, history and cutting edge technology.
Archaeology and gaming weekend New Forest Centre Lyndhurst New Forest
Family at an interactive stand
at New Forest Heritage Weekend 2015

See how researchers have been able to use new technologies to bring the forgotten history of the New Forest to life and 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
  • see 3D models of shipwrecks, produced the Maritime Archaeology Trust
  • try your hand at re-creating your own archaeological site with Minecraft 
  • 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 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

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