Virtual Reconstructions: Case Study to Enhance their Usefulness as an Education Tool
Hinerth, Dawn Marie Lee
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.A.) -- Art History
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Art History
Bibliography: pages 86-93
"In the last three decades, rapid growth in applied technology has produced new opportunities that challenge traditional modes of research, methodological approaches, and ways to communicate knowledge. Among the most successful applications are three-dimensional scanning and virtual reality software, both of which provide extraordinary potential for a revolution in the documentation and communication of historical evidence. The introduction of such technologies has created the opportunity to reconstruct and visualize, with high accuracy, the built environment of archaeological sites. The three-dimensional tools also have the potential to mitigate the irreversible and destructive nature of archaeological excavation, which is often an unfortunate and unavoidable result of traditional archaeological practices. Despite obvious benefits, many scholars state that availability of these new visualization tools is not in itself sufficient cause to speak of a revolution in the field of historical research and methodology. Today, the use of 3D computer systems presents modern scholars with new challenges and raises questions about the proper development of such techniques, efficient documentation methods, and realistic versus artistic interpretations, especially in respect to their validation as a reliable research tool. Against this backdrop, this thesis seeks to contribute to the improvement of virtual reconstructions in two ways. First, it provides an overview of the process of creating virtual reconstructions and current problems that surround them. Second, it suggests ways in which they can be improved. I hope that this thesis will shed light on different opportunities for improvement in virtual reconstructions. Improved virtual reconstructions will be useful for scholarship which in turn will stimulate the continuation of ever improving virtual reconstructions."
Keywords: virtual reality, visualization tool, 3D, virtual reconstruction
CHAIR: Turner, Rebecca
Guichard, Celeste Lovette
Wagner, Stephen M.
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