Project starts: Experience of Antiquity with help of an Archaeology of the Senses

3D technologies for archaeology have won a broad popularity in the last couple years. 3D models of finds or whole excavations are documented digitally and archived, sometimes even published. The focus often lies in the development of technological innovations (better cameras, higher resolution, etc.) or the discussion about the value of 3D data and its possibility to archive it. So far, the value of 3D technologies for teaching and for research within archaeology was neglected however. New to this topic is the immersive approach through Virtual Reality to dive into ancient spaces rather than watching them on a computer monitor.

Since 2016, the Stifterverband and the Ministry for Culture and Science of Northrhine Westfalia give away fellowships for innovations in digital teaching every year. This fellowship is a person-bound individual grant to offer space and ressources to create innovations in teaching. A fellowship is endowed up to 50.000 Euro and the period of sponsorship endures up to one year.

Besides the acquisition of new gear for the CoDArchLab (VR goggles, computers, 3D printer, books, RTI domes) we will organse a two-day symposium with the topic of “Digital methods for teaching and learning in Archaeology” at the University of Cologne. In it, we want to communicate with experts in academic teaching, museums and distribution of archaeological knowledge about modern approaches in teaching. Possible topics may include 3D visualisation, 3D printing, Archaeogaming and further interesting subjects. The results of this symposium will be published in an open access publication the following year.

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