Virtual Archaeology

    This page was based on a post made during the Covid-19 lockdowns of 2020 – given that travel restrictions are in place globally for some time to come, virtual archaeology is one way to experience archaeological sites and artefacts from the comfort of your computer, and even your phone. From Google Street View to digitised museum collections, here is a list of virtual archaeological sites and artefact collections related to Southeast Asia.

    3D scanning and virtual reconstructions are fast becoming popular in archaeology and conservation.  More expensive physical scanners using emitted lasers provide high scanning resolutions ideal for architectural and conservation applications. However 3D scanning from photogrammetry is another viable and lower-cost option: software such as Agisoft Metashape (formerly Photoscan) is a popular and I use an iOS app called Trnio that does quick photogrammetry scans using a mobile phone and cloud computing (check out my collection here). 

    The links below come from a number of different sources and allow you to enjoy archaeology virtually. I will update this list periodically, as more sites and collections become available. Let me know in the comments if there are other sites worth including in this list.

    Thambula Pagoda by 3xvivr.com
    Thambula Pagoda by 3xvivr.com
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    Virtual Archaeological Sites

    Hue virtual heritage tour by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
    Hue virtual heritage tour by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism
    Phanom Rung Virtual Historical Park by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand
    Phanom Rung Virtual Historical Park by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand
    Virtual Angkor
    Virtual Angkor
    • Virtual Angkor  – Virtual Angkor is a groundbreaking collaboration between Virtual History Specialists, Archaeologists and Historians designed to bring the Cambodian metropolis of Angkor to life. Built for the classroom, it has been created to take students into a 3D world and to use this simulation to ask questions about Angkor’s place in larger networks of trade and diplomacy, its experience with climate variability and the structure of power and kingship that underpinned the city.
    • Visualising Angkor – A selection of 3D Images, animations & 360 videos depicting daily life and cultural landscapes from Monash University’s ‘Visualising Angkor Project’
    • Wang Jao Mueng Pattalung, Pattalung – 3D virtual model by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
    • Wat Bang Kung, Samut Songkhram – 3D virtual model by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
    • Wat Nan Ta Ram, Phayao – 3D virtual model by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
    • Wat Phra Mahathat, Nakhon Si Thammarat – 3D virtual model by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
    • Wat Si Chum, Sukhothai – 3D virtual model by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
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    Digital Object Collections and Virtual Museums

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