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Wikitude brings Roman history to life at Carnuntum

Working together with 7reasons and Prof. Wolfgang Neubauer from the LBI ArchPro, Wikitude employed the geographic latitude and longitude points of the gladiator school to render the 3D model on site with 100% accuracy. As part of their guided tour, the Archaeological Park Carnuntum, provides users with a customized Wikitude powered app to visualize an augmented reality view of the landscape that they’re standing upon.

by 7reasons and LBI ArchPro

The technology provided by Wikitude extends our toolbox and provides the perfect solution for the lively, on-site presentation of our latest research results. This technology will change the way how archaeological knowledge will be made accessible to everyone.
Dr. Wolfgang Neubauer | Director, LBI Archaeological Prospection & Virtual Archaeology

At the height of it’s greatest expanse, the Roman Empire, or Imperivm Romanvm, included most of modern Europe, parts of Asia, and Northern Africa. With an empire this large, there were many outposts, encampments, and cities that were born from Roman rule. Here in Austria, our most famous Roman settlement was not Vindobona, the area of modern Vienna, but Carnuntum, the capital of the Roman province Pannonia Superior.

Slightly downriver from Vienna, and only a short car ride away today, lay the Roman town and military camp of Carnuntum. While traces of Roman rule remain buried below the modern city of Vienna, Carnuntum was never built upon and is situated in the largest preserved archaeological landscape in Central Europe, stretching along the Danube between present day Petronell-Carnuntum and Bad Deutsch-Altenburg.

In September of 2011, with the help of aerial photographs and a motorized ground penetrating radar array, a completely new area of the site was discovered without excavation. This wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill village extension or “suburbs.” The researchers from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro) had discovered a fully featured Gladiator school of unprecedented detail just below their feet, adjacent to the amphitheater at Carnuntum. No other structure of this type, both in dimensions and completeness, has been discovered by archaeologists to date. The closest comparable building in existence includes the partially excavated Ludus Magnus behind the Coliseum in Rome.

Using the three dimensional graphical interpretation of the ground penetrating radar data provided by the archaeologists; Architects and technicians from 7reasons.at were able to create an authentic 3D model and simulation of the gladiator school. This 3D model is currently used at the Petronell Visitor Center, providing visitors with a virtual animation of the site, and is fully integrated into the true-to-scale model of Carnuntum.

However, virtual models inside a museum can only go so far. There’s simply no substitute for going “on location.” The Carnuntum site recognized this need, and contacted Wikitude to integrate the 3D model from 7reasons into a customized augmented reality app.

Facts

  • Travel back in time 1700 years and experience the historic roman army camp Carnuntum
  • Enable a walk through a three dimensional, virtually reconstructed city directly on site
  • Deliver novel and interactive user experience to existing exhibitions
  • Address young target audience

Applied Technology

  • Wikitude SDK
  • ARchitect Engine
  • Reuse and integration of existing 3D models

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