Did you know that off the coast of the small polish town of Puck there was once one of the biggest harbours in the Baltic Sea?
Did you know that Hallstatt is Europe´s oldest industrial zone?
Did you know that there are non-visible World Heritage sites in the marsh of Ljubljana?
Did you know that there are unique medieval mines beneath the german town of Dippoldiswalde?
Although the rich and diverse archaeological heritage of central Europe is in parts known and excellently researched, a broad share of this heritage, even of international importance, is very often hardly visible and tangible for the public and faces increasing menaces. The VirtualArch project unveils regional archaeological heritage – located underground or submerged – to local and regional stakeholders that are responsible for economic development. Activities focus on the sustainable use and protection of non-visible and little known archaeological heritage by increasing the capacities of public actors and by introducing innovative visualisation approaches and methods. The project will develop innovative and trendsetting visualisation tools in the field of virtual and augmented reality supporting both development and protection of archaeological heritage.
In march 2019 VirtualArch organise another workshop about "Agriculture forestry endangering archaeological heritage" and discuss the application of smart visualization and planning tools for mediating conflicts between economic use and sustainable heritage management (program in progress).
The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 approaches its end. VirtualArch was among the labeled projects. The closing conference of EYCH was organized by the Austrian government as current holder of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the Imperial Palace of Vienna.
Within this EYCH closing Interact organised in Vienna a networking event for Interreg programmes and projects. Beside a video presentation about VirtualArch, participants had the unique opportunity to climb virtually in a medieval mine, learn more about the transnational mobile app or different digitization and visualization approaches.
On the regional conference forum sachsen digital 2018 the Archaeological Heritage Office of Saxony had the honor to present VirtualArch to Martin Dulig, Deputy Premier of Saxony, and Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitization, who discovered the Dippoldiswalde mines with an AR-Application on a tablet.