Did you know that off the coast of the small polish town of Puck there was once one of the biggest harbours in the Baltic Sea?
Did you know that Hallstatt is Europe´s oldest industrial zone?
Did you know that there are non-visible World Heritage sites in the marsh of Ljubljana?
Did you know that there are unique medieval mines beneath the german town of Dippoldiswalde?
Although the rich and diverse archaeological heritage of central Europe is in parts known and excellently researched, 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 – 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.
Each year staff of the Natural History Museum Vienna present their current research in the salt valley as well as virtual tour through the prehistoric mines. Klick here for further information (in german).
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.
Starting the activity A.T2.2 in this year, Trentino authorities and four project partners took part in a joint visit of the medieval mining area near Trento. Following the trip guided by the local Ecomuseo Argentario, past and planned surveys were presented as well as next activities of VR/AR discussed.
development of a mobile app
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.