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3d Prehistoric Landscape

Explorable visualisation of a 3D digital prehistoric landscape

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Most people would have taken a virtual tour at some stage, perhaps to capture a 360° view of a famous city or to preview a hotel room before making a reservation. But not many people would have experienced an immersive presentation of a landscape that existed in our ancient past. However, now there is a chance because a new project launching on kickstarter is offering viewers this possibility.

The project combines both archaeological and paleo-environmental data with cutting edge digital recording and visualisation techniques to produce a virtual world of East Anglia, England, in the Bronze Age. Once completed, viewers will be able to wonder through this virtual world and explore it as though they were really there.

The 3D world has been reconstructed using actual archaeological evidence found on sites in the area, such as round houses and wooden platforms, track ways, fences and the great causeway structures of Flag Fen.

The creators plan to construct a story through which the visitor can experience the landscape. It will focus around a lone traveller who comes upon this landscape for the first time and will involve interactive elements mixed in with animation, video and 360 degree panoramas.  The virtual reconstruction will create a unique way of exploring our ancient past.

By April Holloway

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