Medieval home of Lords of the Isles virtually reconstructed | 5/25/2019 | Staff
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The lost medieval home of the Lords of the Isles has been reconstructed virtually by experts at the University of St Andrews.

Major archaeological work by the National Museum of Scotland has enabled the University of St Andrews' Open Virtual Worlds Team, and spin-out company Smart History, to digitally recreate Finlaggan.

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In collaboration with the Finlaggan Trust, the reconstruction is based on discoveries made by the Finlaggan Archaeological Project, led by archaeologist Dr. David Caldwell (formerly of the National Museum of Scotland), who provided advice to the St Andrews team.

Documentary research and comparison with other late medieval sites has been used to ensure the reconstruction is as accurate as possible.

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The digital research in St Andrews was led by Dr. Alan Miller of the School of Computer Science, while digital modeling was undertaken by Sarah Kennedy of the School of Computer Science, with additional historical research by Dr. Bess Rhodes of the School of History and the School of Computer Science.

The reconstruction represents Finlaggan in the early fifteenth century—a time when it was the administrative and ceremonial center of the Lordship of the Isles.

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During the Middle Ages the Lords of the Isles ruled the Hebrides and parts of mainland Scotland and Ulster. Traditionally the Lordship was held by the MacDonald family.

However, following disputes in the fifteenth century the Scottish kings sought to curtail the MacDonalds' influence, and in the 1490s James IV sent a military expedition to sack Finlaggan. Many of the buildings at Finlaggan were destroyed at this time, and over the centuries that followed the site sank into relative obscurity.

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The reconstruction shows what Finlaggan may have looked like in its glory days when...
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