At one of Ölands ancient ring forts, several spectacular discoveries were made in 2010, among these were treasure troves containing exclusive brooches as well as glass beads originating from the Mediterranean area of the Roman Empire.
Since then archeologists have conducted archaeological excavations annually. From these they have been able to ascertain that a massacre had taken place, where the deceased have been left where they fell. This has given them a unique snapshot into the time of the gruesome event, as well as how the daily life might have looked like by the end of the 5th century AD.
‘Sandby Borg – A Virtual Connection. Creating relevant dialogue through cultural heritage with Virtual Reality’ is a project that researches how VR technology can be used as a tool in order to create strong emotions connected to the gruesome events that took place at Sandby borg. It aims to create a discussion about the event and relate it to present time.
Virtual Reality opens up possibilities to mix different kinds of media such as sound, 3D, film, photo etc. By combing different media within an interactive experience where the user can discover finds or explore the space, it can create a powerful and immersive experience.
Results from the project will be presented later this year but already this summer there will be an opportunity for visitors to try out the demo for themselves at the museum during one day (more info to come).
Here is the link to the website where you can give the Sandy Borg VR experience a go.
The project is a collaboration between Department of Museum Archaeology at Kalmar County Museum, RISE Interactive C-studio, Linnaeus University: GRASCA and is funded by The Swedish foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.