Archaeologists have revealed what Glastonbury Abbey looked like centuries ago using a computer reconstruction.

The stunning CGI video illustrates the abbey in Saxon times, overlain with recent aerial footage to show where the Saxon churches were located in relation to the surviving medieval ruins.

The reconstructions are based on archaeological evidence from investigations over the 20th century.

Video from Glastonbury Abbey

Glastonbury Abbey in Somerset is reputedly built on the site of the earliest Christian church in Britain, believed to have been founded by Joseph of Arimathea.

The digital reconstructions show the development of the abbey through different phases and allow us to visually demonstrate to visitors how spaces today relate to the abbey as it was in the past. The reconstructions also connect the archaeology to the legends, such as the site of Arthur’s tomb.

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, University of Reading