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Interactive virtual archaeology: Constructing the prehistoric past at Avebury henge

Falconer, Liz

Authors

Liz Falconer liz.falconer@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

— Avebury Henge is situated approximately 20 miles north of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, U.K. and contains the largest known Neolithic stone circle in Europe. It is part of the Avebury, Stonehenge and Associated Sites World Heritage Site but is less well-known than Stonehenge, despite being an impressive monument with a ditch and bank system more than 400m in diameter. In the past 20 years or so many computer-based simulations of archaeological sites around the world have been created, but many of these digital reconstructions lack both the ability to enable personal presence of the user in the virtual landscape itself, and the facility for users to interact with others and the virtual environment around them in real time. The project described in this paper aims to research the issues of presence and interaction in virtually reconstructed ancient landscapes through a reconstruction of Avebury Henge in a virtual world environment, as it might have been circa 2,300 BCE. This paper describes and evaluates the construction phase of the project in a virtual world environment.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Dec 14, 2016
Publication Date Jan 23, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
ISBN 9781509055661
APA6 Citation Falconer, L. (2016, December). Interactive virtual archaeology: Constructing the prehistoric past at Avebury henge. Paper presented at Virtual Environments and Advanced Interfaces Workshop at IUCC 2016
Keywords virtual worlds, Avebury, heritage, virtual archaeology, technology enhanced learning
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IUCC-CSS.2016.029
Additional Information Additional Information : © 2017 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications 2016

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