As part of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, Prof. Kevin Fisher is leading an international, interdisciplinary team that is investigating Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios (K-AD for short), a 3400-year-old city on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The primary objective is to understand the development of urban landscapes and their role in social change, especially the evolution of power relationships. The project is notable for the pioneering use of digital methods for recording and analysis.
Given the fragmentary or ruined state of most archaeological evidence (sites, artifacts, etc.) a key challenge for both teaching and research is to reconstruct these material remains. For students and the public, VR can provide a powerful tool to engage with and understand ancient sites and artifacts through immersive reconstructions, allowing them to experience something of the ancient site.
Our team aims to create an immersive recreation of K-AD on SANSAR, a new VR platform. This recreation will aim to bring the ancient city to life, providing a tangible and relatable experience of K-AD that will equip students with a deeper understanding of the urban landscape’s effect on the social change happening at the time.