Archaeologists Challenge Negative Minecraft Attitudes

12 November 2015

Watling Lodge

Penicuik House

Moncrieffe Hill






Gamers can now explore thousands of years of history thanks to the most topographically accurate and interactive Minecraft map of Scotland ever created.

Scotland’s archaeology is now “virtually” at player’s fingertips through a full-scale Minecraft world called Crafting the Past. After months of site visits, building and trialling, people from across the world are invited to download and uncover Roman Forts, journey back in time to the Victorian era or excavate long-lost Pictish settlements with much more to come.

As part of Dig It! 2015, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, this digital world has been specifically designed to encourage the exploration and discovery of the past. In order to create the most authentic experience possible, archaeologists have been working alongside gaming experts since the beginning of the project. 

Stephen Reid of ImmersiveMinds, who has been building the Crafting the Past worlds with a global team of Minecrafters, said:

“Many people don’t realise that Minecraft can be used as a digital learning platform to engage, enthuse and most importantly, teach learners of all ages in almost any subject. Through Crafting the Past, a new and much larger audience now has the opportunity to discover Scotland’s stories.”

Blog posts and videos will be available to parents and educators to provide inspiration for using Minecraft as a learning tool. The builders are also inviting everyone, including gamers, parents and teachers, to submit their favourite aspects of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology for future builds.

Thanks to the support of Multiplay, a gaming services company, and AOC Archaeology Group, a heritage consultancy with a passion for outreach and education, numerous digs, monuments and landscapes have already been created and tested in Midlothian, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Orkney, with upcoming builds in the Highlands and West Lothian.

The first maps are now available to download for free from

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Notes to Editors:

  • Dig It! 2015 is a year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology which is to connecting communities throughout Scotland to their unique stories and identities. Organised by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland, Dig It! 2015 has developed a programme of events to increase public understanding and participation in archaeology.
  • ImmersiveMinds is a pioneering creative consultancy in the design, development and deployment of cutting edge education resources and teaching. Collaborating with clients in education, charity, business, the arts and culture, ImmersiveMinds reaches children and adults around the world, using technology as a tool for learning.
  • Multiplay provides services to the gaming industry, from events management to gameserver hosting to promotional services and more. They also run the Insomnia Gaming Festival.
  • AOC Archaeology Group is a heritage consultancy with a passion for outreach and education.

Image Notes to Editors:

Watling Lodge in Falkirk, Moncrieff Hill in Perthshire and Penicuik House in Midlothian have been meticulously recreated on a 1:1 scale in Minecraft as part of Crafting the Past and are now available for download. Image credit: ImmersiveMinds

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