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Dungeons and Virtual Tours: Preserving the Mazmorras of Tetouan, Morocco

Author(s): R Hussey

Year: 2016

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New and economical methods of digital preservation have enabled archaeologists to both protect and increase public access to threatened heritage sites. Recent plans to rehabilitate a long sealed but structurally threatened subterranean dungeon associated with Christian slavery, The Mazmorras of Tetouan, Morocco, provided an ideal location to integrate cost-effective methods of digital preservation with municipal restoration proposals. The creation of an online virtual tour with moderately priced photographic hardware and open-source software was crucial in the creation of trust-building collaborative heritage planning for an extremely restricted historical site. The creation of an online and easily accessible virtual tour digitally preserved the dungeon’s appearance preceding any restorative work. These online virtual tours were essential in transcending difficult language barriers to create a collaborative heritage management plan to work with Moroccan restoration proposals.


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Dungeons and Virtual Tours: Preserving the Mazmorras of Tetouan, Morocco. R Hussey. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 405001)


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min long: -18.809; min lat: -38.823 ; max long: 53.262; max lat: 38.823 ;

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