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ETRUSCANNING 3D [2011-2012]

Etruscanning 3D is an European project (Culture 2007 framework) that explores the possibilities of new visualization techniques, in order to re-create and restore the original context of the Etruscan graves. Main objectives are: digital acquisition, digital restoration, 3D reconstructions and communication of Etruscan graves and collections through innovative VR systems, based on natural interaction. We propose the VR application dedicated to Tomba Regolini Galassi, in the Sorbo necropolis in Cerveteri, one of the most famous and rich for the wonderful objects showing the “Oriental” influence, today preserved in the Vatican Museums. The techniques used for 3D representation are various: laser scanner acquisition, fotogrammetry, computer graphics. The virtual reconstruction tries aims to visualize this tomb at the moment it was closed, in the VII century B.C. The most innovative element of the VR application developed for Regolini Galassi tomb is the paradigm of interaction based on the use of natural interfaces, that it means that the user moves inside the 3D space just through his body actions movements. The public has the possibility to explore the virtual tomb, to get near the artifacts, to listen to narrative contents from the voices of the prestigious Etruscan personages buried inside, to which such precious objects were dedicated. All this is possible moving in the space in front of the projection, in the simplest and most natural way, without mouse, keyboard, joystick or consolle. Collaboration: Allard Pierson Museum - University of Amsterdam; CNR-ITABC; Visual Dimension bvba; National Museum for Antiquities in Leiden; Gallo-Roman Museum in Tongeren; Musei Vaticani; Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia; CNR ISCIMA.





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A virtual visit through a digitally reconstructed Etruscan Tomb.
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European Union Seventh Framework is a Network of Excellence. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 2007/2013) under the Grant Agreement 270404.