Celebrating success of 4D caves project

Wemyss Caves digital project
Wemyss Caves digital project
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Around 100 people attended the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society’s (SWACS) Annual Lecture and 4D website launch recently in Kirkcaldy.

The two hour event began with Dr Joanna Hambly (SCAPE Trust and St Andrews University) delivering a talk entitled: ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 150 Years of Research into the Wemyss Cave Carvings’.

Dr. Hambly traced the research which has gone into the Wemyss Caves over the past 150 years, highlighting the linkage that exists between early pioneers like Professor James Young Simpson and today’s visualisation participants.

The rest of the evening focused on the visualisation of Jonathan’s Cave which took place in late 2013. The techniques and processes used were discussed then demonstrated by the archaeologists who managed the project.

Marcus Abbot (ArcHeritage) then launched the new Wemyss Caves 4D website which will bring the carvings in Jonathan’s Cave to a wider audience. The state of the art website also includes a range of tools and features which allow for a greater exploration of the historic carvings.

Mike McFarlane, chairperson of SWACS, said: “SWACS are delighted with the 4D website and its ability to bring Jonathan’s Cave’s unique carvings to an international audience. It is also fantastic to see so many people at our annual lecture.

“The task for SWACS is to get the rest of the Caves visualised and more fundamentally, to ensure their protection for future generations.”

For more, visit http://www.wemysscaves.co.uk/

David Torrance MSP, who was also there, said: “The launch of the 4D website was excellent and combined with Dr Joanna Hambly’s talk and the other information given about the visualisation of Jonathan’s Cave provided the audience with a comprehensive picture of all that has been taking place to preserve and promote the historical importance of the Wemyss Caves. In co-operation with other agencies this project is moving in a very positive direction. I know that there are ambitious plans in the pipeline for the other caves in the area and I look forward to seeing them come to fruition.”