Virtualizing World Heritage Sites in the Mediterranean Region
The application of archaeological sciences and digital imaging for the study, interpretation, conservation and promotion of the ancient material culture is nowadays gathering momentum in the daily work of archaeologists, conservation scientist and professionals of cultural heritage management. On an academic level, the extraordinary deliverables produced by this kind of interdisciplinary approach and the allure of outcomes both in terms of advance of knowledge and clarity of messages have consolidated the role of archaeology in the galaxy of social sciences, saving de facto this discipline from the decline of humanities.
An emblematic example of how effective can be to approach archaeological research questions and address related communication issues from the angles of the hard sciences is represented by the Sicilian heritage project realized through a collaboration between the University of South Florida and the University of Catania.
The application of 3D Digital Imaging techniques for the documentation, interpretation and dissemination of cultural heritage has become imperative for digital archaeologists dealing with peculiar cases study, such as endangered sites, neglected collections, non-accessible artifacts. But in certain parts of the world. However, the virtualization and digital global sharing of well-known and accessible archaeological collections has proved to be a successful strategy to trigger the interest of local communities and global audience for a museum. In this talk, I and my co-presenter Michael Decker will discuss case studies from the island of Sicily with a focus on World Heritage sites.
The production of 3D contents provides new important tools facilitate and support the daily work of the museum departments. From curatorial, to design and preparation, from conservation to education, from development to communication, all the mechanisms which makes fine tuned the machine of the museums are benefited by the availability of 3D models to interact with in the various phases of their work. Especially the opportunity to make digital tests in virtual environments turns out to be very helpful to simplify workflows and maximize the results.
An example of best practice in the application of 3D digital imaging to support, sustain and improve museum policies and operations is represented by work undertaken by the University of South Florida at the Museum of Aidone, Sicily.
Archaeological museums are often perceived as repositories of relics, entrusted to preserve ancient material culture in perpetuity but at the same time committed to making it accessible. The fear of deterioration often denies access or imposes limits on the interactions between visitors and artefacts.
This contribution will present the result of a project aimed to improve digital visibility and provide virtual accessibility to the Greek and Roman collections of the Museum of Aidone, Sicily.