The project explores early Medieval church architecture through a re-examination and virtual reconstruction of the archaeological remains of Hemse stave church. The project is a collaboration with the Swedish History museum and will result in an interactive element in the new exhibition of the Viking age. The digital reconstruction functions as a virtual diorama to contextualize the diffused and decontextualized remains and contemporaneous religious artefacts. The aim is also methodological; to explore the uses of the digital artefact in the research process. The reconstruction is less of a static representation of our knowledge than a historical laboratory through which archive material can be activated and hypotheses can be tested.