At present, NU Digital Heritage offers three classes of digital model from sites along Hadrian’s Wall: small finds; inscriptions; and sculpture. All our models are Roman in date, that is to say broadly dating circa AD 43-410.
These models have been created through the digital capture of the small finds, inscriptions, and sculptures held by our partners, selected on the basis of their completeness and interest. Each model also comes with an information sheet that provides information about the original objects the model has been created from.
The catalogue is searchable, and models can be purchased individually or in thematic sets in OBJ and STL file formats. The OBJ format provides a textured model that is best used for interaction on a computer. STL format models are offered for those interested in purchasing a model for 3D printing, though some printers can also use OBJ format. In order to make the transfer of models a smooth and fast process, no model is larger than 250 MB, which in many cases has required decimation of the original point cloud. In addition, STL model formats have been downscaled to a maximum size of 14cm so that models can fit most current 3D printers. If you have further questions, please see our FAQ page.
Pricing is determined by the licence agreement (personal, educational, or commercial). Commercial use of any models may require direct contact.
Small finds are the smaller, portable objects that were used in daily life, and that have survived to the present day in the archaeological record. In addition to helping us understand what people looked like, or how they lived, artefacts can also offer important insights into technology. Small finds can be made from a range of materials and may include objects with inscriptions or that could also be classified as sculpture.
Inscriptions use the written word, usually carved into stone (and sometimes other materials) to record an event or other information. We have captured three types of inscription:
Hadrian's Wall was built under the orders of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the AD 120s, and it was occupied by soldiers until at least AD 410. Hadrian’s Wall formed the northern edge of the Roman Empire, and the archaeology of this ancient frontier is both revealing and intriguing.
During its three centuries of occupation, thousands of soldiers, their families, merchants, craftsmen, farmers, servants, and slaves lived and worked alongside each other. For those interested in learning more about Hadrian's Wall, there is a free online course available, as well as many excellent books!
Models have been chosen that commemorate the people of the Wall, and which also help to communicate aspects of life in antiquity.