Bronze Age Iron Age Neolithic Outreach Seminar

Video: Exploring applications of location-based augmented reality in an island landscape

The recording of October's UHI Archaeology Institute research seminar, which took place on Friday, October 29, 2021.

The recording of October’s UHI Archaeology Institute research seminar, which took place on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Uist, in Scotland’s Western Isles, boasts internationally-significant archaeological sites, exceptional preservation of remains, and stunning archaeological landscapes. Nevertheless, there are few impressive upstanding remains – fewer still with any form of on-site interpretation and limited material in local museums.

Led by the UHI Archaeology Institute with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project met these heritage interpretation challenges head-on through the development of an innovative digital app – Uist Unearthed.

At the site of Cladh Hallan.
At the site of Cladh Hallan.

The first of its kind in Scotland, the Uist Unearthed app presents location-based, GPS triggered, augmented reality experiences of archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way.

In this seminar, project team members Emily Gal and Becky Rennell reflect on the challenges and opportunities presented by location-based augmented reality.

Augmented reality in action with the Uist Unearthed app.


  1. Wow that is all fascinating and I’ve really enjoyed it Emily & Becky! Outstanding work and I commend your dedication & commitment. I’m afraid to say Becky that I had no idea where Uist was but now it is on my bucket list and I hope to visit one day to experience your project in the flesh.
    I sympathise with your decision not to visualise the inhabitants of these dwellings but I wonder if you have created an illustration anywhere? I would like a mental note if there had been an artist’s idea 🤔
    But fascinating. Well done!

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