The rich and diverse archaeological heritage of central Europe is in parts excellently developed and utilised. However, a broad share of this heritage, even of international importance, is very often hardly visible and tangible for the public and faces increasing menaces. The VirtualArch project unveils regional archaeological heritage – located underground or submerged, partly with global importance (UNESCO) – to local and regional stakeholders that are responsible for economic development. Activities focus on the sustainable use and protection of non-visible and little known archaeological heritage by increasing the capacities of public actors and by introducing innovative visualisation approaches and methods. The project will develop innovative and trendsetting visualisation tools in the field of virtual and augmented reality supporting both development and protection of archaeological heritage.
VirtualArch is announced as "good example" of projects supported by the German Federal Program for Transnational Cooperation. See the whole article (in german) inclusive some interview question with the project manager Christiane Hemker.
Archaeologists, tourism experts and stakeholders will discuss about different topics like tourism as chance and challenge for the protection of archaeological heritage, 3D visualization as marketing tool or the importance of world heritage sites for regional development.