Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see an archaeological site and the former inhabitants as if you traveled into the past? Well this is as close as it gets! Some of you may be familiar with the technology called “CAVE“, an interactive, virtual 3D environment. I find it interesting in which individuals from Brown University are using this technology with in archaeology.
LINK to CAVE project
VIDEO of the technology in action
I think utilizing such a technology could absolutely enhance those studying archaeology as well as many other fields. In archaeology preservation is a main concern. By creating a virtual replication of an archaeological site you are in a sense creating a visual archive. For example, if the site happened to be destroyed by a natural disaster, it can be forever archived virtually. I find this to be a HUGE advantage for archaeology. Also instead of having to travel physically to the actual site many researchers could study the site using this virtual reality. Although the virtual reconstruction is not precisely identical, it further broadens the attempts of preserving the site, creates instantaneous accessibility feasible, and the site is then virtually preserved for observation in the near or far future.
1. What are your thoughts?
2. How would you use this technology in your field?
3. Do you think this technology is beneficial to the field of archaeology?
Thank you! Hope to hear feedback!