Shotton River Valley (7,500 years ago)
 
The Mesolithic Period in Europe has been a much-discussed area in archaeological research. As far as is known, this is the first attempt to visualise an otherwise inaccessible Mesolithic site with GIS and Virtual Reality (VR) technology, exploiting real geo-seismic data (from Petroleum Geo-services) sources of the Southern North Sea. This page presents the techniques and technology used in reconstructing an ancient river valley discovered while gathering seismic data for petroleum in the North Sea. The virtual landscape reconstruction is populated with vegetation types based on pollen records of the same period in nearby region, and 3D models of Mesolithic dwellings have been grouped into villages and positioned near possible settlement areas. The final VR environment has been "brought to life" via real-time interactive walkthroughs, complete with environmental and spatial sound effects. This paper also describes the various software applications and hardware used for implementing the high-quality static models and the high-performance interactive world, the latter intended for delivery via the WWW and multimedia for educational purposes.

The video and images presents a Virtual Mesolithic Shotton River Valley as it appeared 7,500 years ago before the flooding of the North Sea. The project is in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, The University of Birmingham to visualise the landscape using Virtual Reality technology, Artificial Life Algorithms, and Agent-based simulation.

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