As part of the Rothwell Charnel Chapel Project, we are collaborating with researchers in computer science to create a 3D digital model of the charnel chapel.
This part of the research project has four principal aims:
- to illuminate medieval use of the ossuary, through digital capturing of its spatial arrangements, and the range of medieval vantage points into the chapel
- to present this fragile, and largely inaccessible, heritage resource to the public in a sustainable manner
- to analyze the largely unstudied medieval human skeletal remains (which cannot be removed for standard osteological assessment) by collecting digital records of the charnel deposit, with a view to understanding the composition and stratigraphy of the assemblage
- to facilitate digital preservation of the charnel, which is in a fragile state, with a view to informing conservation strategies (e.g. through recording of degradation and discolouration)
The background to this ongoing project was presented by Lizzy Craig-Atkins at the 2016 Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Sheffield.
The Digital Ossuary project was funded by a University of Sheffield Digital Humanities Development GrantThe Digital Ossuary – a 3D model of the charnel chapel