Moncreiffe Hill, located just south of Perth, was long believed to have the remains of two hillforts on its summits, but this had never been proven through excavation. A dig team, led by Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust and Tay Landscape Partnership (TayLP) with support from AOC Archaeology Group and a host of volunteers undertook excavations at the smaller of the two, Moncreiffe Hillfort on the southern side of the hill. The larger, more complex hillfort of Moredun Top has had a first season of excavation in September 2015 made possible with a massive 2,300 volunteer hours! This dig revealed some amazing large fort defense walls, made from large stone blocks – perfect for modelling a Minecraft world.
Learn More – Moredun Top Dig Diary
Moncrieffe Hill was created as part of the Tay Landscape Partnership’s UNEARTH The Mystery of Prehistory festival in Perth City 2015. It took the team at ImmersiveMinds over four weeks to complete and is, to date, the largest heritage build they have undertaken. While the historical emphasis was on Moredun Top Fort, Moncrieffe Hill itself had to be recreated in its entirety. As with all Crafting the Past Minecraft builds, the landscape was created at 1:1 scale and topographically accurate, using data from a variety of GiS ported in to Minecraft. From there, Moredun Top Fort was recreated on this hill from archaeological drawings and discussions with the team at the TayLP. Areas of interest brought to digital life focused on typical fort structures -roundhouses, farmland and of course, the iconic defence walls.
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