Ship reconstruction and digital modeling: the example of the Aber Wrac'h 1 (France)
Author(s): Alexandra GRILLE
From 1987 to 1988, the Aber Wrac'h 1 shipwreck was excavated in the northern part of Brittany, a region located in the west of France. Dated from the first half of the 15th century, it consisted of an eighteen meters long and five meters wide hull portion of a clinker-built vessel.
Despite the difficulties that arose from the lack of original data, it was possible to carry out a reconstruction with recordings from the excavation. The process included the realisation of wooden 1:10 scale model in order to reconstruct the missing bow and stern.
A three-dimensional digital model was created using Rhinoceros modeling software. It completed the process of verifying the actual physical model by reconstructing the original timbers of the ship. It also allows calculation of hydrostatic properties and offers a better visualisation as well as an understanding of the ship and its construction within its socio-economic context.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Digital Approaches in Nautical Archaeology: Practice and Prospect •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2013
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Ship reconstruction and digital modeling: the example of the Aber Wrac'h 1 (France). Alexandra GRILLE. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428318)
Late medieval period
min long: -4.777; min lat: 41.367 ; max long: 9.553; max lat: 51.091 ;