3D visualization of two Late Medieval horse skeletons excavated at Lede (Belgium). The excavation was executed by SOLVA in 2009. 24 images were used to generate the 3D model.
This video is an illustration of the importance and the possibilities of 3D modeling for the visualization of archaeological excavations. Detailed textured 3D models of the excavation can be integrated in the post-excavation visualization of the archaeological heritage (e.g. lectures, exhibitions, museums) and have, as such, great communicative and educational value. The visual character of these photorealistic 3D models gives the opportunity to increase the public awareness for archaeology, especially in a landscape without visible archaeological remains like Flanders, and to attract the public’s attention to the larger archaeological site and the archaeological heritage. Where the traditional excavation plan is often only understandable for the archaeologist, a 3D model is more visible and perceptible for the public. The 3D models can allow the public to view and discover the archaeological heritage themselves and they can visually support the stories brought by the archaeologist.
Therefore, one of the major aims of our research project is to investigate how 3D recordings can be used to bring/present the archaeological site or excavation to the public. How can 3D, and other types of new media, be used to increase the public outreach of the archaeologist?