3D scanning of the Iona carved stones

© Discovery Programme 2016
Modelling the head of St John’s Cross from 3D laser scanning © Discovery Programme 2016

In 2016, members of the Iona Research Group invited the Discovery Programme geosurvey team to trial 3D laser scanning of the iconic high crosses on Iona, with support from Historic Environment Scotland. The Dublin-based Discovery Programme is well known for their contributions to the EU-wide 3D Icons project and the recent Ogham in 3D project. Having scanned numerous early Christian carved stones in Ireland, they were a natural fit.

The aim of the project was to test the method of digital recording on the important Iona collection, and trial ways of collaborating with existing HES digital recording initiatives across Scotland. The models they created are already available publicly on Sketchfab. The large corpus of carved stones on Iona is internationally significant and it would be a great contribution to make digital visualisations of them available more widely. We hope to be able to work with the Discovery Programme in future projects. Read their report The High Crosses of Iona – Discovery Programme laser scanning.

See the full results of the Iona 3D scanning project on Sketchfab.

Read more about the laser scanning techniques used on the Discovery Programme website.