Exploring Opportunities of Cross-Border Digital Heritage Applications Using Embodied Interaction in Virtual Reality Simulations to Disseminate the Neanderthal Legacy

Kasper Rodil, Edvinas Danevičius, Frederik Stief

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Abstract

In collaboration with “COST Action Integrating Neandertal Legacy: From Past to Present,”
this project details how to design, validate with field experts, and demonstrate a Virtual
Reality application to be experienced by the wider public, and as a space for making live
the theories of Neanderthal tool crafting.
This merger of Virtual Reality, gamification, and efforts for the protection and
dissemination of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has, as an example, recently been
explored with contemporary indigenous people (Rodil, Maasz and Winschiers-Theophilus,
2020). Yet, the potential impact for better understanding and disseminating the
Neanderthal legacy using VR both in terms of appeal and opportunity to offer alternative
learning materials is quite large.
By utilizing VR, there is a dissemination and engagement potential through embodied
interaction (Winn, 1993). Embodied interaction is human-computer input responding to
the body rather than relying on symbolic interfaces and has been shown to enhance
learning and engagement through the feeling of grounding, immersion, and presence
while accomplishing a task (Lindgren et al., 2016). Focusing on learning through
embodied interaction rather than text or speech enables circumventing the need for
adapting an application to the linguistic patchwork that is Europe, thereby making it as
accessible as possible.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Association of Archeologists - Widening Horizons : Abstract Book
PublisherEuropean Association of Archeologists
Publication date2021
ISBN (Electronic)978-80-907270-8-3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event27th Annual Meeting of
the European Association of Archaeologists
- Kiel, Germany
Duration: 6 Sep 202111 Sep 2021
https://www.e-a-a.org/eaa2021

Conference

Conference27th Annual Meeting of
the European Association of Archaeologists
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityKiel
Period06/09/202111/09/2021
Internet address

Keywords

  • Virtual Reality
  • Archeology
  • neanderthal
  • Participatory Design

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