The beholder’s eye: how researchers used VR to recreate an ancient Pompeian house | Technology

The beholder's eye: how researchers used VR to recreate an ancient Pompeian house | Technology
The beholder’s eye: how researchers used VR to recreate an ancient Pompeian house 

The eye of the beholder: how researchers used virtual reality to recreate an ancient Pompeiian house

A team of researchers has used virtual reality to reconstruct a Pompeian house with the goal of understanding the most fascinating features behind Roman design and architecture.

Published in the journal Antiquity, researchers from the Department of Archeology and Ancient History at Lund University in Sweden used spatial analysis and eye-tracking to monitor volunteers as they performed a virtual reconstruction of the Greek Epigram’s home, a house in north-east Pompeii.  was discovered.  In 79 AD, Vesuvius was destroyed by the eruption of Mount.

“Work and daily activities were intertwined during the day,” said Danilo Marco Campanaro, PhD candidate at Lund University and co-author of the research. The house told people about the personal power and status of the owner and his family.”

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Historical records show that Roman homes were designed to emphasize certain features while hiding others, a news release from Antiquity said.

Past research has found that some used angled walls and raised floors to make the interior of their homes appear larger to those looking through the front door.  Researchers say that the House of the Epigram was also once decorated with fresco paintings.

Due to the damage done to Roman homes, centuries of neglect, weathering and the result of volcanoes, researchers say studying these nuances has proved challenging.

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But using virtual reality, the scientists were able to track and measure the volunteers’ visual attention as they toured the home.

“The results of this study show how the homeowner stimulated the visitor’s senses to deliver messages about their power and wealth,” Campanaro said.

Researchers say the next step may be to involve the olfactory and auditory senses.

Source: Michael Lee, CTV News, Direct News 99

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