Paul Docherty

Digital Archaeology : 3D Digital Historical Reconstruction

I am a freelance Digital Archaeologist specialising in photogrammetry and various 3D capture methods having spent over 30 years in this field both commercially and as a lecturer teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

My research interests focus on historical reconstruction and when not teaching or working on material for the Amarna3D project I am usually experimenting in the field of photogrammetry, the digital 3D reconstruction of various historical sites, or doing archaeological research. A number of my active interests are shown below. Please click through to find out more.


If you have any damaged photographs that you would like to have digitally restored then I do provide a service. If you would like to find out more about this then click here.


As a Technical Artist my main focus is in digitally reconstructing the past in 3D using various CG methods. One long term project is the reconstruction of the ancient Egyptian city of Tel el-Amarna which was constructed by the Pharaoh Akhenaten and became home to Queen Nefertiti and Pharaoh Tutankhamen. I also work on a variety of other projects ranging from the Bronze Age through to the nineteenth century. Click through to see which projects I have worked on.


As someone who does a lot of historical reconstruction it is essential to understand the people and culture of the period being worked on. As an accomplished researcher I am also a professional genealogist. I have traced my own family history back to the mid 1500’s. I have also done extensive research on the Ui Dochartaigh (O’Doherty clan) of Inishowen, Co. Donegal, Ireland and their neighbouring clans.
M47.4 – An Amarna House

M47.4 – An Amarna House

3D Reconstruction of M47.4 based on The Three-Dimensional Form of the Amarna House (pp. 123-152), by Dr. Kate Spence. View facing south west. Just a quick update. I've been spending a few days building a model of M47.4 based on the research of Dr Kate Spence, Division...

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February Update

February Update

Quick update on work done through February. Began working on a reconstruction of the house of General Ramose (P47.19) general layout done for ground floor. Still deliberating the upper rooms. Began blocking out the walls, ramps, and stairs for the Great Palace. I will...

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Historical Reconstruction

Examples of some of the 3D historical reconstruction work I have completed to date.

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Projects / Experiments

I work across a range of historical periods and geographical locations experimenting on different ways of reconstructing artefacts and locations through drone photography, on-site surveying and cloud sourced photogrammetry. I use a mixture of automated reconstruction and traditional manual editing (sculpting) to refine models. These are combined with techniques used within the games industry to optimise, enhance and display work in a variety of formats.

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The Hollar - Parsons Map of Inishowen (Ireland) sculpted in 3D
Burt Castle (NW Ireland) once belonging to the O'Doherty clan. 3D reconstruction.
Carrickabraghey Castle site, Inishowen (NW Ireland) once belonging to the O'Doherty clan. 3D reconstruction.


Finding out where you came from is a fundamental question we all ask at one time or another. My interest in genealogy lies in understanding not only who my ancestors were, but where came from and what events happened during their lifetime. In order to accomplish this I use traditional genealogical research methods combined with geographical information systems (GIS). Where possible I use this information during my 3D historical reconstruction work to enhance my understanding of the project and consequently give a more accurate finished product.

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Photographic Restoration

If you have a cherished photo that has been damaged in some way and you would like it restored to its original condition then I can help you with this. I have been restoring old and damaged photographs for over 20 years so why not get in touch to find out what I can do for you.

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