CAA UK 2001 - Abstract

Hypertext: a Practical Application
Martin Roe
University of Bradford

Abstract
Archaeologists are interpreters who untangle the mysteries of the past and present it to the public. Traditionally the site report, the book, the museum display and model have been used, today the computer can be added to the list. This paper will discuss the use of computer based visualisations incorporated into a hypertext site tour as part of a project examining the surface and underground archaeology of a 19th century lead mine at Cononley, North Yorkshire. What are the practical and theoretical problems encountered, how can this be overcome to allow a wider audience access to knowledge, and how will this evolve in the future?

Keywords
Interpretation, presentation, three dimensional visualisation, hypertext, practical application, navigation, disorientation, interactivity, narrative building, future developments.

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