Augmented Reality to Enhance Visitors’ Experience at Archaeological Sites

Samuli Laato, Antti Laato

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After archaeological excavations are completed, many of the sites are prepared for visitors by including things such as (1) scientific interpretations of what the uncovered structures might represent, (2) reconstructions of ancient structures and (3) historical items or artifacts found during excavations. In addition to these, technology including augmented reality (AR) can be used to provide additional information on site. We study how currently popular global location-based AR games are supplementing the visitors experience at three archaeological sites in the Levant: Tel Hazor, Tel Megiddo and Tel Gezer by inspecting virtual points of interest (PoIs) in the game Ingress Prime. In the three locations, the virtual PoIs are linked to real world locations, however, they cover only a fraction of the visible archaeological structures. A bias was seen in the PoI names and descriptions towards certain archaeological interpretations. We propose location-based AR games should utilize as rigorous information of archaeological sites as possible, in order to provide players the possibility to learn real history in an accurate way.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTrends and Innovations in Information Systems and Technologies
EditorsÁlvaro Rocha, Hojjat Adeli, Luís Paulo Reis, Sandra Costanzo, Irena Orovic, Fernando Moreira
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-45691-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-45690-0
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventWorld Conference on Information Systems and Technologies - Montenegro, Budva
Duration: 7 Apr 202010 Apr 2020
Conference number: 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceWorld Conference on Information Systems and Technologies
Abbreviated titleWorldCIST


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