Vol. 67 No. 1 (2015)
Research Article

Presenting the invisible and unfathomable: Virtual museum and augmented reality of the Neolithic site in Bylany, Czech Republic

Petr Květina
Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha, v. v. i., Letenská 4, CZ-118 01 Praha 1
Jiří Unger
Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha, v. v. i., Letenská 4, CZ-118 01 Praha 1
Petr Vavrečka
Archeologický ústav AV ČR, Praha, v. v. i., Letenská 4, CZ-118 01 Praha 1

Published 01-03-2015

Keywords

  • digital heritage management,
  • virtual museum,
  • augmented reality,
  • Neolithic,
  • community engagement

How to Cite

Květina, P., Unger, J., & Vavrečka, P. (2015). Presenting the invisible and unfathomable: Virtual museum and augmented reality of the Neolithic site in Bylany, Czech Republic. Archeologické Rozhledy, 67(1), 3–22. https://doi.org/10.35686/AR.2015.1

Abstract

The aim of the article is to demonstrate the possibility of presentation of prehistoric sites in locations where there is neither any preserved construction, nor any relic of the original landscape. Such sites usually meet with indifference both from the public and from institutions involved in preservation of historical monuments. This problem, however, does not relate only to the limited capacity to imagine features of which there is no visual evidence in the landscape. The problem consists also in the vast structural difference between the world of prehistoric societies and today’s reality. Bylany near Kutná Hora (Czech Republic), where one of the most important excavations of a Neolithic settlement area in Europe was undertaken, represents a model example of such a situation, no doubt typical for most prehistoric and early historic sites. The possibility of creating virtual and augmented reality proved to be a potential tool to grasp the invisible and to describe the disappeared proved to be. This concept represents a potentially powerful tool for digital heritage management.

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