The Past in Pixels: Exploring Heritage in Virtual Environments


This paper presents a pilot study that takes two archaeological sites, one on land and one underwater, and presents how these sites stand today, and how they might have looked in the past. We do this by building the sites in a virtual environment within a game engine to create an interactive educational resource. This project takes archaeological data and processes it into consumable content aimed at the general public, without sacrificing on the intellectual integrity of the site. We will demonstrate how GIS and photogrammetric data can be processed and enhanced in CAD programs and transformed by a game engine to create visually engaging and immersive experiences across several platforms. This paper is presented by an international team of archaeologists and digital artists from the edutainment company Dive into the Past, and the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.

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The Past in Pixels: Exploring Heritage in Virtual Environments. Selina Ali, Julian Hainsworth, John Carroll, Richard Morgan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441441)

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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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