Uist Unearthed: Western Isles history brought to life with new app

The app allows people to see what Iron Age structures looked like thousands of years ago.

An award-winning app has brought Western Isles history to life for the digital age.

The Uist Unearthed project allows people to use their phones to see what Iron Age structures would have looked like thousands of years ago.

Visitors are now able take a trip back in time to see a new perspective at the island’s most important archaeological sites.

One of the app creators, Dr Emily Gal, from the University of the Highlands and Islands Outer Hebrides, said: “We were really inspired by the archaeology and the landscapes we’ve got here in Uist.

“We have loads of fantastic sites and they are very well known in archaeological circles, but not by the wider public, visitors or local community.

“In addition to that, we don’t have many upstanding remains – it’s all lumps and bumps in the landscape and not much in the way of physical interpretation.

“That led us to explore some new digital techniques like augmented reality.”

The Uist Unearthed app was created by archaeologists from Lews Castle College UHI and supported by Western Isles Council.

It’s already proving popular with visitors keen to see the landscape in a new light.

Dr Gal said: “We already know that archaeology can have huge benefits for people’s social life, for the economy and for things for people to do.

“We have the existing Hebridean Way Trail infrastructure here in Uist and this enhances that by offering an additional thing to do, for people to get out an explore these landscapes.

“What’s really important is that these reconstructions are only available at the sites, so you have to be here to see them.”

Two new North Uist sites – Dun Torquil and Dun an Sticir – are being added to the app later this year.

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