The Poole Iron Age logboat project has begun. Because of its fragility and confined position within the glass case at Poole Museum, the vessel could not be moved so an innovative approach had to be found.
The Consortium: 1st Horizon Surveying & Engineering, Bournemouth University, Pat Tanner, an expert in the digital reconstruction and 3D modelling of vessels and MAST developed the methodology.
The Technology: Other known digital recording technologies such as a Faro Arm would have been unable to access the narrow parts underneath the vessel. However a Faro3D laser scanner was the ideal kit for the job to capture a full and complete point cloud of the vessel to a +/- 2mm single point accuracy and a +/- 3 to 4mmm across the entire project. The scanning was carried out by 1rst Horizon Surveying & Engineering.
The Logboat: The Poole logboat lies in a majestic position in the entrance at Poole Museum in Dorset. It is one of the largest prehistoric water craft to survive in the UK. Scientific dating by the radio carbon method has provided it with a date of BC 295 ± 50 (RC), dating it to the Iron Age.
Because of its size and poor sea-keeping abilities (most likely inherently unstable because of its shallow draught) it would appear to have been specifically designed for use in Poole Harbour. Hence it is also a key local and international artefact.
Extraordinarily, whilst there has been considerable amounts of research on the vessel since its discovery in 1964, most has been on an ad hoc basis and has never reached the public domain.
Furthermore the vessel has, until now, never been recorded effectively so our understanding of its construction, functionality and seagoing abilities are very limited.
The logboat being prepped