Dragon Hunters: a Mapping Project for the British Legends

| |

The team behind Dragon Hunters explains their crowd funding campaign currently running on Indiegogo.

Can we map a legend? Can we map dragons as we map the distribution of African lions or North American bald eagles? Like eagles, dragons are told to cut the sky with their wings, but they also dig their lairs in large caves, under rocky hills, nested in deep wells or poisoned the waters of wild rivers in the old Europe and Great Britain is certainly the home of some of the most famous, ferocious and mysterious dragons ever known. Some of their stories are still played in rhymes, ballads or old folk tales but most of them are lost in old books or vanishing memories. However a large number of these legends were born over real and still present artifacts, sculptures on tombstones, painting on the windows old churches, or simply strange-looking hills or stones that inspired bards or story tellers. So if we cannot map a legend we may map its tracks.

A 'work in progress' of the Dragon Hunters Map
A ‘work in progress’ of the Dragon Hunters Map

A new mapping project has been started on the crowd-founding platform Indiegogo to map these tracks left by some legendary dragons in one of the most suggestive part of England (North East, Yorkshire and East Midland) as a pilot project to map many more known legendary artifacts and places all over the world. After a long research, collecting historical literature, folk tales, visiting and investigating the British countryside, all these informations are ready to be geo-referenced and plotted on a map you can get for your contribution if the project will be funded. This map, traced with GIS techniques but hand-painted in a old -fashioned medieval-like way will be the basis, not only to fix all these information for the future generations but also to start a new form of sustainable tourism, giving all the indications to find the places and understand the legends. You can use maps to hike on mountains, to visit art cities and locate museums, but what about visit a Country through its legends? This can be an opportunity to promote a different and sustainable tourism, in touch with the local traditions and friendly people of a beautiful but not well known part of Great Britain. A chance to visit the British countryside in a different perspective, discovering small towns and natural places outside the traditional tourism routes and promoting local economy. And of course finding Dragons. So get your map, your tickets to England and start a real dragon hunt!

To support this project visit: Dragon Hunters

The team

Rachele Amerini – project leader:

Cartographer graduated in Italy at the Department of Geography of the University of Padua, works on GIS mapping of the historical tracks. She collaborates with museums and institutions to recover the old human signs on mountain landscapes and to promote sustainable tourism as a key to landscape management.

Roberto Battiston:

Naturalist and zoologist, curator of the Museum of Ethnography in Northern Italy, studies and promotes the local traditions and folklore by scientific research, divulgative events and cultural tourism.

Bob Clover:

Multimedia Artist and illustrator.


Share this article

Enter your email to receive the weekly GIS Lounge newsletter: