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


Other4th International Conference on Cultural Heritage, EuroMed 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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

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