Introducing CVR, a Content Managment System for Digital Archaeological Interpretation

Author(s): Douglas Gann

Year: 2015


With a wide range of digital tools now being successfully utilized for capturing and modeling archaeological data, public archaeologists have realized how entertainment software (aka video games) can be repurposed to create compelling visualizations and interactive experiences to share our research on the people, landscapes, places, and objects of the past.

Archaeology Southwest, with support from the National Science Foundation, recently began an effort to develop one such interactive visualization to share the story of the ancient Chaco Phenomenon in northwestern New Mexico. However, a fortunate set of design choices resulted in the creation of both a digital touch screen exhibit called "Chaco's Legacy" and a flexible, database driven tool, built within the Unity 3D game engine, which we are calling Chronological Virtual Reality or CVR.

The CVR system represents an open source tool that can be used to compile platform-independent digital exhibits featuring three-dimensional models of landscapes, sites and artifacts. The system uses a node-based tour system, utilizing multiple languages to share virtual archaeology with descriptive text, maps, audio and alternate viewpoints, through multiple time periods. We at Archaeology Southwest are pleased to celebrate the release of the CVR system at this annual meeting.

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Introducing CVR, a Content Managment System for Digital Archaeological Interpretation. Douglas Gann. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396257)