Virtual archaeology

3D models of heritage sites have been popular in the past decades, but what about learning how people inhabited those spaces? Historians and archaeologists do not limit themselves to study ancient architecture from its ruins and the artefacts contained within; an important aspect of our common heritage is to understand how our ancestors lived in those spaces. Virtual worlds can not only faithfully replicate the whole site, but allow people to interact with it, using avatars. Pre-defined reactions can be programmed with intelligent agents, and visitors — either historians and archaeologists, or students learning about the historical site, or the general public — enter a “virtual museum” which is highly dynamic and interactive, to a level which a static museum exhibit cannot convey.

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