Gamers and interested parties are being asked by Scotland’s national museum to utilise their technical skills to piece together over 3,000 fragments depicting the Cross on a Pictish slab.
The the first of its kind in the archaeological
world, project sees participants using a 3D programme developed by a
Scottish technology firm to try to solve the mystery of the Hilton of
Cadboll Stone. Experts believe people who play computer
games are more adept at manipulating objects on screen.
The stone, which
stood on a chapel site in Tain in Easter Ross was carved around 800AD,
after the Picts converted to Christianity, in order to celebrate their
new religion. Over time the stone endured a number of accidents, until it was knocked over and broken, and the
bottom portion was lost. It is also believed to have been vandalised
more than once during the time of the Reformation in the 16th century.
Excavations of the chapel site
uncovered the upright base in the ground and more than 3,000 scattered
fragments of the face of a cross.
The hope is that gamers, and interested parties will be able to piece together the jigsaw to give experts a
chance to interpret and decipher the stone’s elaborate symbols and
Maxwell said: “We need techy-savvy people
who have the mindset and understanding of how to work with 3D objects
which are a form of virtual reality in space. It’s that puzzle-solving
mind we need.”
She said there had been one previous attempt to
piece all the fragments together but that it soon became obvious that
such a task needed manpower and specialist skills – now possible due to
new computer technology.
You can read more of the article at The Scotsman, and take part in solving the puzzle.
If you want to participate in finding the solution, you can do so at the Pictish Puzzle website.