Header Image, swan carving WEMYSS CAVES 4D

Local Stories

East Wemyss has changed almost beyond recognition over the last one hundred years, the coal pits are gone, buildings have been demolished and the coast edge has been eroded by the sea. The East Wemyss community share their memories, stories and photographs of the caves and the village. This resource will continue to be developed, but to give you a flavour, here are two poems read by Janey and Dave.

Janey Kirk, Singer and Songwriter

Janey reads the lyrics of her song about how East Wemyss and the caves have changed over time, with a backdrop of old photographs.

Dave Anderson, Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS)

Dave reads extracts from The Wemyss Caves by former SWACS chairman and tireless campaigner William Barker.

Video Extras

Dr David Strange-Walker, Trent and Peak Archaeology

David gives a rapid introduction to RTI, recorded at SCAPE's Ask an Expert conference in 2014.

Laser Scan

The laser scanner can create beautiful 3D models, allowing you to see things in new ways, as shown in this short video of the cave sitting within the cliff edge.

Structured Light Scanning

Structured light scanning can record surface irregularities in very precise detail. This short video shows it in action.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 150 years of research at Wemyss Caves.

Meet the pioneer antiquarians, archaeologists and campaigners who came before us in this short slideshow.

Downloads

We recorded very high-quality images of each of the carvings but because of the time they would take to load on this website’s Explore pages your virtual torch on the Explore pages is shining on low resolution files. If you want to see the carvings in much greater detail you can download the full files below and view them with the free RTI Viewer – developed by CHI and available here - culturalheritageimaging.org.

You can download zip files of the lower resolution web files and the high-quality RTI and PTM files below. The RTI files only have two viewing options (default and specular enhancement), but the quality is great. The PTM versions have more viewing options, but we think that default and specular enhancement views are best with the RTIs. Give them both a go – you never know what you may discover.

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RTI 001 - Bird

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RTI 002 - Cross

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RTI 003 - Arch

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RTI 004 - Beast, Double Disc and Rectangle

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RTI 005 - Lost Pictish Beast

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RTI 006 - Beast

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RTI 007 - Triangular and Linear Shapes

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RTI 008 - Birds (Eagle)

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RTI 009 - Beast Head and Linear Carvings

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RTI 010a - Beast Head and Linear Carvings

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RTI 010b - Beast Head and Linear Carvings

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RTI 011 - Linear Carvings

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RTI 012 - Serpent

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RTI 013 - Disc and Rectangle, Double Disc

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RTI 014 - Cannon

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RTI 015 - Salmon

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RTI 016 - Salmon

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RTI 017 - Rectangle, Additional Carvings

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RTI 018 - Disc and Rectangles

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RTI 019 - Wolf

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RTI 020 - Disc, Double Disc

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RTI 021 - Horse

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RTI 022 - Disc, Triangular Carving

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RTI 024 - Trident

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RTI 025 - Trident

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RTI 026 - Human Figures

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RTI 027 - Disc, Triangular Carving

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RTI 028

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RTI 029 - Cross

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RTI 030 - Arch

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RTI 031 - Cross

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RTI 032 - Crosses

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RTI 033 - Crosses

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RTI 034 - Crosses

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RTI 036 - Crosses

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RTI 037 - Boat Carving

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