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From futuristic cities for video games and movies to cognitive science, user evaluation sessions and serious games in the museum for educational purposes, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality have been avidly discussed by scientific literature and on the news during the past 10 years. With the support of technology corporations, like Google Arts & Culture, VR and AR have slowly made their way into archaeology with many famous sites around the globe becoming virtually available to remote visitors. During the past three years a novel type of collaboration started between archaeologists and a research team in order to virtually reconstruct accurately one of Cyprus’ World Heritage sites: the aceramic Neolithic site of Choirokoitia, dating back to the 7th millennium B.C. The main purpose of employing these technologies in this site is both to contribute new interpretations towards archaeological research data, as well as enable the public to better understand their history by introducing visitors to the core aspects of the site, including its environment, economy, architecture, daily life, craft production and the rituals of the people who created it.
This research was conducted by the Virtual Environments Lab at The Science and Technology in Archaeology & Culture Research Center (STARC) of The Cyprus Institute (G. Artopoulos, N. Loukas, N. Bakirtzis, S. Hermon, D. Abate, M. Faka), in collaboration with the French Archaeological Mission at Khoirokoitia (O. Daune-Le Brun).
Georgios Artopoulos, PhD (Cantab), M.Phil. (Cantab)
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