Ogham stones are among Ireland's most remarkable national treasures. These perpendicular cut stones bear inscriptions in the uniquely Irish Ogham alphabet, using a system of notches and horizontal or diagonal lines/scores to represent the sounds of an early form of the Irish language. The stones are inscribed with the names of prominent people and dynastic affiliation or geographical areas. These inscriptions constitute the earliest recorded form of Irish and, as our earliest written records dating back at least as far as the 5th century AD, are a significant resource for historians, as well as linguists and archaeologists.
The Ogham in 3D project involves collaboration between the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, National Monuments Service (DAHG) and The Discovery Programme. Its aim is to laser-scan as many as possible of the approximately four hundred surviving Ogham stones and to make these 3D models freely available on a website as part of a multi-disciplinary archive of Ogham stones. The majority of ogham stones in State-care have been recorded and the team are curently developing a community-based project in Corca Dhuibhne (Dingle Peninsula), Co. Kerry. https://ogham.celt.dias.ie
Team: Robert Shaw, Gary Devlin, Nora White (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies), Fionnbarr Moore (National Monuments Service), Isabel Bennett (Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne).