Uist Virtual Archaeology Project


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The Uist Virtual Archaeology Project is delivered by UHI Outer Hebrides Archaeology staff, in partnership with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

This innovative digital project has created an App – Uist Unearthed. It contains Augmented Reality reconstructions of five archaeological sites along the Hebridean Way in Uist. All reconstructions are informed by archaeological data gathered over decades of excavation in the region. The App is complemented by a multimedia exhibition which has toured locations across Uist and further afield, including Kildonan Museum, EDF festival, and the British Museum.

The project aims to:

  • Create and develop an innovative approach that will make Uist’s archaeological sites and landscapes more accessible and better understood
  • Enhance existing tourism infrastructure, specifically the Hebridean Way
  • Raise awareness of Uist’s unique archaeological assets and realise the potential of decades of archaeological research
  • Ensure that Uists’ communities are more engaged in, and informed on, their local heritage assets

Project Launch 

The Project was launched on the 19th of July 2021 - find out more. 

To download the free app, search for ‘Uist Unearthed’ in the app stores now or click here for more. 


Project Team

The project is led by Dr Emily Gal and Dr Rebecca Rennell, UHI Outer Hebrides Archaeological staff, working with digital design team Peel Interactive.

The teams are working together with schools and other community groups to create realistic and immersive reconstructions. The first site to be reconstructed and animated in 3D were the Bronze Age roundhouses and mummified remains at Cladh Hallan, South Uist which date to around 1500 BC. The reconstructions allow visitors to explore these sites, peel back layers and gain valuable interpretive insight that has never been possible before. The app has recently been updated with two new sites: Iron Age Cill Donnain and


The Uist Virtual Archaeology Project is supported by the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, a new programme of projects which will invest almost £9 million in the Highlands and Islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Fund is led by NatureScot and is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Alongside the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund, the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project has also received funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Crown Estate Ward Funds, Stòras Uibhist and UHI Outer Hebrides giving the project a total value of over £400,000.

To find out more about the project, please follow the dedicated project pages:

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/UistUnearthed

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UistUnearthed

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/uistunearthed


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To download the free app, search for ‘Uist Unearthed’ in the app stores now.

The Uist Virtual Archaeology Project is delighted to launch its brand-new App, Uist Unearthed. Created and led by archaeologists from Outer Hebrides UHI and supported by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the project aims to encourage communities and visitors to download the app and explore some Uist’s most significant archaeological sites in augmented reality.

Find out more - Projects - Uist Virtual Archaeology Project (uhi.ac.uk)