Archaeological Reconstruction for Guard Archaeology

The client: Guard Archaeology

The brief: To reconstruct both a neolithic and medieval landscape, showing recently unearthed details such as oak posts (in the neolithic landscape) and a medieval cross (in the medieval landscape) as they were likely to have appeared in the time period. The neolithic landscape is in what is now Ladywell, Girvan and now features a large, industrially furbished farm. The medieval landscape is situated at the side of what is currently the M74, just outside Netherton. 


The plateau at Ladywell in Girvan, showing Ailsa Craig and the position of the neolithic oak posts. 

The initial rough sketch of the site at Ladywell in Girvan. 

The initial rough sketch of the site at Ladywell in Girvan. 

The plateau at Ladywell in Girvan, from an alternative angle, with Ailsa Craig and the position of the neolithic oak posts. 

The Netherton Cross today, now situated outside Hamilton Old Parish Church. 

The Netherton Cross today, now situated outside Hamilton Old Parish Church. 

The final reconstruction of the original site of the Netherton Cross. 

The original site of the Netherton Cross, present day. 

The original site of the Netherton Cross, present day. 


The outcome: For both reconstructions, the client favoured a slightly more abstract, watercolour effect for the landscape. The Netherton reconstruction was used by Transport Scotland to demonstrate the medieval site in an article on the BBC news