Dr Kate Welham is currently Head of Archaeology at The School of Applied Science at Bournemouth University and project leader on one of BU’s most exciting research projects; Google Under-The-Earth – Seeing Beneath Stonehenge.
Funded by Google Research Awards and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project has seen another layer added to Google’s popular Google Earth application.
The new technology allows users to experience Stonehenge online by taking a virtual guided tour of the Stonehenge landscape. You will be able to see beneath the current Stonehenge site and look back into prehistory by visiting the Neolithic village of Durrington Walls and taking a trip inside a prehistoric house. The virtual landscape has been created based on archaeological findings from the site itself and paints a realistic picture of what life would have been like for those living around Stonehenge.
Dr Welham said, “It is envisaged that Google Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge could be the start of a new layer in Google Earth. Many of the world’s great archaeological sites could be added, incorporating details of centuries’ worth of excavations, as well as technical data from geophysical and remote sensing surveys in the last 20 years.”
This means that the innovative project started at Bournemouth University could have worldwide repercussions as the work started here could spread to other important historical sites across the world – allowing Google users to experience sights that could previously only be seen by archaeologists.