Archaeological Virtual Reality: Building the True Digital Museum

Doug Gann (Center for Desert Archaeology)

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30–7:30 pm

Site tour of Homolovi IV – Virtual Reality Cave EnvironmentSite tour of Homolovi IV – Virtual Reality Cave EnvironmentCourtesy of Douglas Gann.Site tour of Homolovi IV – Virtual Reality Cave EnvironmentCourtesy of Douglas Gann.

The past 20 years have provided a wealth of tools for visualizing and interacting with digital representations of the past, but with this windfall of creative tools comes an increased need to understand how virtual reality can shape, confuse, or misinform our understanding of the past. Doug Gann takes a critical look at the evolution of virtual archaeology, examining the techniques used to virtually share archaeological research with the public. These issues will be discussed in the context of the Center for Desert Archaeology’s effort to build a true virtual museum.

Includes pre-lecture viewing of 3-D photographs prepared by SAR photographer Jason S. Ordaz

Sponsored by Walter Burke Catering

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