Archaeological augmented maps: "Our application will help to understand structures that are not obvious"
Dennis Hücker, student of Geodesy and Geoinformatics of the Leibniz Universtät Hannover (Germany), is developing his final project on archaeological augmented maps at the Institute of Geomatics (IG). The project will be focused on the Roman city of Iesso, nowadays Guissona, thanks to the collaboration between the 3D Geo-Visualization and Modelling research unit (3D-GVM) of the IG, the Graphic Documentation Unit of the Institut Catalā d’Arqueologia Clāssica (ICAC) and the Museum of Guissona (Iesso Musseum).
The interdisciplinary group is formed by Dennis Hücker, Volker Paelke (tutor of Dennis’ work and head of the 3D-GVM unit), Josep Maria Puche (head of the Graphic Documentation Unit of the ICAC) and Alejandra Campos (project manager of the 3D-GVM unit).
The application developed at the 3D-GVM unit will offer new ways of viewing and accessing to the information of an archaeological site, that is to say by chronology (to see the site in 4D, in its various states throughout its history), by its structures (baths, the sewer, the house, wall, etc..), by its objects (such as museum pieces). Besides, it allows a personal visit with an attractive and interactive experience based on three-dimensional recreations.
Visitors will receive a map or plan of the site upon arrival and focusing on this paper map with their smartphone or tablet, they will get the information you are interested in and navigate on their own. The touch screen will allow the access to the infomation for a better understanding of the site: an explanatory text, a video, a three dimensional recreation. The application will help to understand structures that are not obvious, and that are difficult to be interpreted over maps or in-site. It is a pioneering project as far as we know in Spain and certainly transferable to other sites or thematics.
Working on archeology it's a new world for the IG unit. So the first challenge is collaborating with another discipline, with other people who have experience in some other area of knowledge like Archaeology, and the great challenge is to make visible and understandable what it is not, even to the general public and at a first glance.