Digital Cities and Cyberarcheology

2017, Regis Kopper, Ph.D. Maurizio Forte William Seaman, Todd Berreth, David Johnston

Digital Cities and Cyberarchaeology is a Bass Connections project that is currently housed at the DiVE. This project is a collaboration with individuals across multiple fields of study including Classical Studies, Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Remote Sensing and 3D technologies with the goal of recreating an archeological dig site in the Etruscan city of Vulci, Italy in Virtual Reality. The recreation is built based off of space and environmental data gathered by an archeological team onsite and will be compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets and allow for simultaneous use in hybrid systems. Researchers have implemented user-testing to vet the project, focusing on ease of use and availability of data for the project’s target demographic, researches who will use the product to visualize their work. Since the work is product based, the results are only as good as users say, and according to the research team, so far feedback has been positive.