The ultimate aim of the Ogham in 3D project is to laser-scan as many as possible of the approximately four hundred surviving Ogham stones and to make these 3D models freely available on the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies website as part of a multi-disciplinary archive of Ogham stones.
The Ogham in 3D pilot project is supported by an expert Advisory Panel including Professor Werner Nahm (Director of the School of Theoretical Physics at DIAS), Professor Fergus Kelly (School of Celtic Studies at DIAS), Damian McManus (Professor of Early Irish at Trinity College Dublin and author of A Guide to Ogam) and Fionnbarr Moore (Senior Archaeologist at the National Monuments Service, responsible for the recording and preservation of Ogham stones).
Dr Nora White is the Principal Investigator on the Ogham in 3D project and Jean-Francois Bucas, IT Systems Administrator at DIAS, is responsible for the design and development of the Ogham in 3D website. Funding for the current phase, focusing on ogham stones in state care under the supervision of the National Monuments Service, was made available by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan. In October 2012 work began on this pilot project in collaboration with the Discovery Programme whose expertise in 3D capture and modelling has greatly benefited the project. Many of the earlier 3D models available on the Ogham in 3D website would not have been possible without the help of Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Dr Thierry Daubos and Sander Westerhout from the Protecting the Inscribed Stones of Ireland project in Galway.
We would like to thank the National Museum of Ireland who allowed us access to their collection of Ogham stones and permission to display the 3D models and photographs of the stones. We would also like to thank the various landowners across the country who gave us permission to access and scan those Ogham stones still on site. Finally, the assistance generously given to us by Dr Orla Murphy (Department of English, UCC) and Michelle Doran (Department of Early Irish, UCC) on the digitisation side of the project, and Kaaren Moffat (Department of Archaeology, UCC) on the archaeology side, is greatly appreciated.
The numbering system used in this website is that of Macalister's Corpus Inscriptionum Insularum Celticarum (e.g. CIIC 15. Clonmore). In cases where the ogham stones have been discovered since the Corpus the stone will be found under the site name (e.g. Kilgrovan VI and Kilgrovan VII). In the quick search option at the top of the page, ogham stones can be searched for using either the CIIC number or the site name (e.g. 15 or Clonmore). In cases where multiple ogham stones are located at a single site (e.g. Ballintaggart) the list of stones for that site will be displayed.
Inscriptions are marked-up using the EpiDoc electronic editorial conventions developed by Tom Elliott and others. Uncertainty in a reading is indicated by a dot underneath the letter. Where letters are lost square brackets are used and letters are supplied inside these brackets in cases of a good degree of certainty. Note that hovering the mouse over transcribed ogham text on this website will conveniently display these conventions. Space is frequently used in ogham to distinguish letters (e.g. where two vowels occur side by side or two consonants from the same group). Space also appears to be occasionally used to distinguish words but most of the word division in the transcriptions on this website is editorial. In cases where a significant space occurs between words it is represented by 'vac.' in transcription (e.g. CIIC 118. Monataggart). A '/' is used by this project in transcription to indicate where an inscription continues from the end of one angle to the beginning of another (up/top/down, up/down, up/up).
Photographs used in the website are by Nora White unless otherwise stated.