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.
Save-the-date: international stakeholder conference in Trento (Italy) on economic valorisation of
digital arch. heritage, technical trends and developments, possible fields of application in tourism, creative industries as well as in the media sector. Detailed information and agenda will follow soon!
Following a meeting of Saxon heritage protection officers in Dippoldiswalde, a brandnew prototype of augmented reality application was presented in which users could discover virtually the invisible mines under the current town as well as walking through a nowadays inaccessible mine.
Since last year the czech movie company Best Sequence is producing an video documentary about VirtualArch, pilot action implementation and the work in the partner regions. For the instant, we could present a first preview trailer (klick here). The final result will be shown on our final conference in 2020.
The year 2018 was under the sign of surveying and digitization of our pilot heritage sites. But in some cases field work still goes on like in Puck with our team diving in Winter (klick here).
Now, virtual reconstructions and finishing of mobile app visualizations are the major tasks for the next months as well as adressing certains stakeholders and local communities.