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Digital caves project shortlisted

Members of the Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society at the caves which are bieng digitally preserved as part of a new project

Members of the Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society at the caves which are bieng digitally preserved as part of a new project

A project to digitally preserve the inside of the Wemyss Caves has been shortlisted for a prestigious archeological award.

The Wemyss Caves 4D interactive website scheme, which aims to allow virtual visitors to explore the caves and their carvings online, has been selected for the category of Best Public Presentation of Archaeology in the 2014 British Archaeological Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on July 14 at the British Museum.

Wemyss Caves 4D, which formally began in late 2013, is a collaborative project of the Save the Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS), The SCAPE Trust and York Archaeological Trust.

Mike McFarlane, chairman of SWACS, said: “We are delighted that the project has been nominated.

“It is further proof, if further proof were needed, that this historic site of international importance must be saved and preserved for future generations.

“SWACS are determined to have all the caves visualised which will enable many more people to explore and learn from them. We are also campaigning for a visitor centre to be situated in close proximity to the caves and to make this historic site more accessible for visitors.

“We believe that if marketed properly the caves will become a top tourist attraction in the Fife area, which would have stimulating effect on the local economy.

“To make such a prestigious shortlist is remarkable. We would like to thank everyone in the Wemyss Community, along with both Primary Schools, for all their support.”

 

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