Modeling the past: Digital technologies and excavations in Polis, Cyprus

Joanna S. Smith, Szymon M. Rusinkiewicz

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This research and educational project aimed to create virtual 3-D walkthroughs of four principal buildings from the Princeton University excavations at Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus. The structures date from the Cypro-Archaic period beginning in the 7th century bce to the Late Antique period of the 7th century ce. The project was conceived together with a special exhibition, a long-term exhibition in Cyprus, and a presentation on the web. In a joint Computer Science and Art and Archaeology seminar in the spring of 2012, students created reconstructions and populated them with 3-D scanned objects. The challenge was to find appropriate visual metaphors for conveying uncertainty and change in these 3-D visualizations as well as to create a computer-animated movie focused on the buildings, their spatial relationships, and possible reconstructions consistent with the excavations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgress in Cultural Heritage Preservation - 4th International Conference, EuroMed 2012, Proceedings
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2012
Event4th International Conference on Cultural Heritage, EuroMed 2012 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: Oct 29 2012Nov 3 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7616 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Conference on Cultural Heritage, EuroMed 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


  • 3-D digital modeling
  • 3-D scanning
  • Arsinoe
  • Cyprus
  • Marion
  • Polis Chrysochous
  • archaeology
  • excavation
  • exhibition
  • museum
  • public
  • students


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