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Digital archaeology: The embodied visitor experience
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Archaeology is a field which has been impacted greatly by digital technology; the new technological instruments are developing both academic research and public mediation. Digital archaeology has been available at the museum for some time, but immersive technologies are recent introductions, which offer new experiences for museum visitors. Even though digital archaeology/virtual heritage have been studied for their technological virtues, the learning opportunities presented to the museum visitor has not yet been examined from a visitor’s perspective. In this dissertation, the visitor experience is the basis of analysis for determining how we can critically assess digital exhibitions using immersive technologies. This study examines if and how critical museology can be successfully applied to immersive digital displays; a detailed analysis of two case studies using VR (high immersion) and AR (low immersion) show that digital experiences are fully capable of communicating cultural content and that these multi-sensory technologies can successfully engage users in the creation of knowledge. The extent of sensory stimuli affecting the visitor is not accounted for in current critical museology, therefore the analysis of this study suggests a number of suggestions for future designs of digital displays using immersive technologies.

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2017. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
digital archaeology, digital humanities, critical museology, visitor experience, multi-sensory experience, virtual reality, augmented reality
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164860DiVA, id: diva2:1280546
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Available from: 2019-02-28 Created: 2019-01-19 Last updated: 2019-02-28Bibliographically approved

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