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Uncovering a Tudor Floor in 3D at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK

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Here's a cool example of 3D scanning in a historical setting where Blender was used to remove scaffolding etc, and to clean up and reduce the mesh.

Tom Ryley, Communications and Digital Officer at the Old Royal Naval College in London, tells us how his team is using 3D technology to show new discoveries in new ways.

A Serendipitous Discovery

Today a tourist landmark, the Old Royal Naval College has a complex history, with the remains of a Tudor palace lying beneath elegant baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor that are visible today (history buffs can read the complex story of our site here).

The site is currently midway through the Painted Hall Project, an ambitious £8.5 million project to conserve the vast murals of the Painted Hall. Whilst working on a new visitor centre beneath the Painted Hall, workmen discovered two rooms from Greenwich Palace, the birthplace and principle residence of Henry VIII, hidden beneath a section of floor.

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