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The Shotton River and Mesolithic Dwellings: Recreating the Past from Geo-Seismic Data Sources

By Eugene Ch'ng, Robert J. Stone and Theodoros N. Arvanitis


The Mesolithic Period in Europe has been a much-discussed area in archaeological research. As far as is known, the project\ud reported herein represents the first attempt to visualise an otherwise inaccessible Mesolithic site with Virtual Reality (VR)\ud technology, exploiting real geo-seismic data sources of the Southern North Sea. This paper presents the techniques and\ud technology used in reconstructing an ancient river valley discovered while gathering seismic data for petroleum in the North\ud Sea. The virtual landscape reconstruction is populated with vegetation types based on pollen records of the same period in\ud nearby region, and 3D models of Mesolithic dwellings have been grouped into villages and positioned near possible\ud settlement areas. The final VR environment has been “brought to life” via real-time interactive walkthroughs, complete with\ud environmental and spatial sound effects. This paper also describes the various software applications and hardware used for\ud implementing the high-quality static models and the high-performance interactive world, the latter intended for delivery via\ud the WWW and multimedia for educational purposes

Topics: Three-Dimensional Graphics and Realism Animation, Virtual Reality
Publisher: The Eurographics Association
Year: 2004
DOI identifier: 10.2312/VAST
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