Neolithic Burial Chamber digitally restored

Saturday 27 September 2014

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An ancient structure synonymous with the Pembrokeshire countryside has been recreated using the latest CGI technology.

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, has digitally restored the Pentre Ifan burial chamber in the latest of a series of videos available on its YouTube channel.

The monument, which dates back to around 3500 BC, is the latest Cadw site to get the CGI treatment following projects at Caerphilly Castle and the Segontium Roman Fort in Caernarfon.

Pentre Ifan is well known and is often featured on postcards showcasing the countryside of west Wales but the stones that still stand today only form part of what was once an impressive site.

The video shows how these stones were once just a doorway to a much larger structure.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “The Cadw CGI project has brought Welsh history to life in an engaging way, attracting new audiences through online media.

“This initiative is a perfect example of how we can use the latest technology to promote our incredible heritage.

“The CGI videos have been viewed thousands of times online and we hope they will continue to encourage people to explore Wales’s historic environment.”

To complete the project, a team of CGI designers worked with experts at Cadw using detailed floor plans, site measurements, artists’ impressions and mapping information from the land registry office.

The Pentre Ifan video is the final in a series of CGI projects to be revealed by Cadw this summer as part of its ‘Time Traveller’ campaign, which aims to inspire people across Wales to engage in their local and national history.

The campaign has also seen the release of a series of videos filmed by Welsh comedians Chris Corcoran and Elis James and a YouTube playlist called ‘Castles from the Clouds’, which shows off ten historic Welsh sites from the air.