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Digital Reconstruction creators now use a variety of technologies and scientific models to create representations of archeological sites. Using photogrammetric tools to measure relational distance between objects, they build 3D models of these archeological sites. They also use 3D models to make inferences about what these sites originally looked like. These may be single-perspective objects such as videos, or multi-perspective models that can be rotated on an axis to obtain a different view. Digital reconstructions can also be virtual, making the user the center of an immersive experience. Unlike other models, with VR, the user’s body is actually in motion through the space of the archeological sites. Some creators add augmented reality effects to 3D models, allowing the user some setting control, filters, and other interactive elements. In this exhibit we have single-perspective videos and a multi-perspective interactive model.
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Here archeological sites are grouped by country to illustrate the geographical links between sites across country, region, and culture. Six countries are listed while three main regions are represented, The Mediterranean basin, the Middle East, and North America. Architectural elements at one archaeological site will reflect a common historical legacy with other sites in the regions. For example sites in the Medditerrenean basin often share features of Greek and Roman architecture, depending on when they were built. They also have unique features reflecting the diversity of cultures existing in the sub-regions. Sites from far away regions may diverge completely, creating clear contrast of architectural styles in the exhibit.
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Archeological sites around the world face an increasing number of perils. As a result many archeological sites are now lost or in danger of being lost. Some perils are contingent on geography while others are systemic and the result of regional processes. We classified them in two major categories; warfare & political unrest and environmental impact. The case for each archeological site is nuanced, which means some sites may face perils in more than one category.
Warfare and political unrest refer to any destruction of a site by military actions (bombing), political action (demolition, vandalism) etc.
Environmental impact refers to the destruction of a site by natural disasters (volcanic eruption, earthquakes, tsunami) and extreme weather events (recurrent flooding). Some factors bear human imprints such as pollution, soil erosion, high level of tourism, etc. Lack of maintenance due to institutional neglect, and regional neglect are also contributing to larger categories of perils.
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