Category: TA4 – Dimensions

Panem et circenses – Bread and games in Roman Carnuntum

The team of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute ArchPro and their partner ZAMG have made new discoveries regarding gladiatorial games in Roman Carnuntum (Austria). Using latest geophysical prospection methods the archaeologists have revealed – without excavation – a yet unknown amphitheater and an entire city area containing essential infrastructure for Roman spectacles. The ArchPro Carnuntum project was carried out with the collaboration of the county of Lower Austria.

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Ullastret, 250 B.C. A virtual reconstruction of an Iron Age Town

Today’s latest game engines and virtual reality devices make it possible to recreate ancient worlds and build experiences with a new aim in mind, not just to see the buildings in an ancient town, but feel as if you were back then.

During the last two years we have been working to process the archaeological information of the Iberian ancient town of Ullastret to a complete 3D model of the city that can be experienced in Virtual Reality.

A team of archaeologists, designers and programmers has translated all that data to a 3D complete model built with Unreal Engine, a videogame creation software that allows new immersive outputs like 360º videos and VR environments.

The script contains key elements from the Iberian culture: their totemic animals, the social prevalence of warriors… The users are immersed in the dream of a member of the Iberian elite, who returns to the town and remembers the first time he saw the great walls, the children playing in the streets, the courtyard where he learned to fight…

The HTC Vive kit allow us to literally teleport the visitors to those town of 2200 years ago. They can physically move in a 3x3m area, where they can wander by the streets, enter a room and take a close look to the amphoras… The project can be seen too in an immersive room suited for little groups in the archaeological site where they are sorrounded by screens showing the same story but adapted to this media.

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