Virtual reality for maritime archaeology in 2.5D: A virtual dive on a flute wreck of 1659 in Iceland

John McCarthy, Kevin Martin

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    Abstract

    Public engagement with underwater cultural heritage presents a number of special challenges, particularly with regards to realism, authenticity and education. Digital archaeology specialists working in Adelaide, Australia have undertaken a collaboration with maritime archaeologists and museums in Reykjavik, Iceland to create a Virtual Reality (VR) diving experience based on Iceland's oldest identified shipwreck, Melckmeyt, a Dutch flute which sank in 1659. The experience was designed using a fully animated 2.5D VR environment, taking participants on a guided tour with a set time limit rather than offering an interactive experience. This approach maximises the sense of immersion in the underwater environment and replicates as closely as possible the experience of diving for the non-diver. This chapter considers the benefits of 2.5D VR compared to the more commonly applied 3D or interactive VR and argues that 2.5D VR offers significant potential benefits for museum use and ad hoc use for public engagement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 23rd International Conference in Information Visualization - Part II, IV-2 2019
    EditorsTheodor G Wyeld, Ebad Banissi, Anna Ursyn, Mark W. McK. Bannatyne, Nuno Datia, Muhammad Sarfraz
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    Pages104-109
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781728128504
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
    Event23rd International Conference in Information Visualization - Part II, IV-2 2019 - Adelaide, Australia
    Duration: 15 Jul 201918 Jul 2019

    Publication series

    NameProceedings - 2019 23rd International Conference in Information Visualization - Part II, IV-2 2019

    Conference

    Conference23rd International Conference in Information Visualization - Part II, IV-2 2019
    CountryAustralia
    CityAdelaide
    Period15/07/1918/07/19

    Keywords

    • 3D reconstruction
    • Iceland
    • Maritime Archaeology
    • Shipwrecks
    • Virtual Reality

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