What better way to celebrate archaeology, than to recreate it in Minecraft?!
Our 2015 Festival of Archaeology competition challenged young people to do exactly that... and wow did we get some great entries!
Inspired by Roman Britain, medieval castles, historic houses, and even iconic heritage sites from around the world, our Minecraft Masters made some amazing structures and buildings.
And the winners are...
Sammy Jolly (8)
Sammy recreated the Welwyn Roman Baths. The picture shows the inside of the warming room in the baths.
Our judges said: "Sammy's creation complete with cold and hot pools and a stoke hole showed considerable thought, effort and research into the layout of these structures. His creative use of skins for the Minecraft players in the baths are a great finishing touch!"
Frankie Thomas (10)
Frankie's incredibly detailed and extensive reconstruction of Hampton Court shows how Minecraft can be used to evocatively recreate heritage.
The screenshot shows the Great Garden Fountain.
Our judges were particularly delighted with his reconstruction of the Great Garden Fountain and the extensive interiors of Hampton Court.
Oliver Hamilton-Pitt (9)
Oliver built an incredible reconstruction of Old Wardor Castle. This image shows the completed castle at night.
Our judges said: "Oliver is to be commended for detail, creativity, and his use of scaled reconstruction. When he deduced that each Minecraft "block" represented one meter, he and his father went to Old Wardor Castle with a tape measure to make sure that his digital reconstruction would correspond to the real life dimensions of the place. While Old Wardor Castle is in ruin, Oliver restored the old castle to its former glory, complete with an evocative screenshot of the structure at night, lights twinkling in the windows. Well done Oliver!"
Matthew Pinnington (13)
Matthew chose to build the Forbidden City, World Heritage Site in China.
Our judges praised Matthew's reconstruction, saying it "preserves the color and dynamic angles of the Hall of Supreme Harmony. The difficulty in creating such graceful shapes with Minecraft blocks is considerable, and Matthew did a wonderful job. Several Minecraft players line the approach to the structures, showing the immense scale of the project. Well done Matthew!"
Well done to our highly commended entrants too... Euan Garrett, George Thomas, Millie Walters, Paris Layzell, Will Bradley, Ruari Tierney, and Joesph Paton. Check out some of their entries in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to our friends at the Birmingham Stage Company, our younger winners won tickets to see the Horrible Histories Live on Stage! Meanwhile Matthew won GAME vouchers. All of our winners and highly commended entries also won a selection of Horrible Histories and Minecraft books.