Behaviours, interactions and affordance in virtual archaeology

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Interpretation and communication are dynamic processes. Reconstructions in the field of virtual archaeology are the result of a process of research and interpretation. They commonly use both top-down and bottom-up rules, integrating multiple methodologies. The bottom-up rule starts with modelling data captured during fieldwork. Spatial connections, represented by the extrusion of plans and front elevations are used to create a final virtual anastylosis of the archaeological structures. The anastylosis is achieved by connecting all points and traces found on the ground and by reproducing shapes of any artefacts. Top-down rules use the mental faculty of making reference patterns, or ‘mental maps’, to interpret and reconstruct the past. These rules can be better used when integrated within a virtual reality (VR) environment, where dynamic interactions are basic behaviours.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Forte, M; Pescarin, S

Published Date

  • May 13, 2016

Book Title

  • Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage

Start / End Page

  • 189 - 202

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780754675839

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9781315599366-26

Citation Source

  • Scopus