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St Piran’s Oratory is an early medieval chapel dedicated to St Piran, the patron saint of tin miners in Cornwall. This is a very important site to Cornish identity. It was buried under an artificial sand dune from the early 1980s to protect it, but was uncovered in 2014 to allow conservation and recording work, including this 3D survey.
This is a VR ready model of St Piran’s Oratory as it appears without the concrete walls surrounding the structure today. The model has been created by simplifying the extremely high detailed 3D archaeological survey.
The structure that you see here is a result of many ‘restorations’ over the years (particularly in the 19th & early 20th centuries) and the dating of the different parts of the building is still to come.
The survey was commissioned on behalf of Cornwall Archaeological Unit and St Piran Trust.
View an earlier prototype of the model which also shows the surrounding concrete structure: https://sketchfab.com/models/b360da3fe0ca4deda9d6d8b03e2cb4cf