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Experiencing the Past through "Digifacts"

Author(s): Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco

Year: 2015

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This paper presents DIGIFACT, a project aiming at improving our understanding of how people perceive artifacts through different media. This project will clarify the role of 3D technologies in the perception of archaeological artifacts, which are critical to our world heritage, and help us understanding how people experience artifacts in a museum and how 3D replicas can improve visitor experience of authenticity and understanding. For this research, I will collect data on how visitors experience the archaeological record in the Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology in Cambridge, developing a research program to feed into the redevelopment of the World Archaeology Gallery. In order to explore how people perceive museum artifacts through different media, I will videotape volunteer participants at the MAA while they interact with selected artifacts through different forms of media. Speech and gestures will be analyzed with methods borrowed from Cognitive and Information Science, to see how the medium (e.g. tactile experience vs interaction with 3D virtual copies) influences the way people describe and understand objects.

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Experiencing the Past through "Digifacts". Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396971)


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America