Archaeological Visualisation

Client: Dr Peter Halkon

Project aims:

  • to provide an archaeological Geographical Information System (GIS) based within a virtual environment
  • to quicken the archaeologists' interpretation of various forms of data
  • to create a bespoke, quality piece of software dedicated to multidimensional archaeological data

Research - Archaeological Visualization

This research project focuses on the problem that the modern archaeologist is frequently overwhelmed with massive quantities of data. The project supported the process of archaeological investigation and the subsequent research and teaching of, by considering carefully that the use of visualization immersive technology can drastically aid the presentation and interpretation of visual data, thus ultimately benefitting the archaeologist.

Research - Archaeological Visualization

The software created entitled the ‘Digital Archaeological Virtual Environment’ (DAVE) allowed the user to navigate around a virtual landscape, controlling features such as: the visibility of crop marks, the level of illumination in the scene, the rising and falling sea/river level over the rugged landscape, the clusters of crop marks, and today’s ordinance survey data. Other features included the ability to explore particular ‘finds’ in fields which had already been excavated, and to see specifically the location of each find, what the material/item was and the quantity of it. This software was information rich and, with the easy press of a keyboard function key a vast amount of data could be presented and worked through; thus making it an excellent tool for teaching. The multi-disciplinary aspects of this project make it particular exciting, with computer scientists working alongside archaeologists and historians.

Research - Archaeological Visualization

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