From: WG Kilbride [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 14 January 2004 11:49
The ADS and the University of Leicester are pleased to announce the
launch of the "Virtual Walkabout"
Based on an original idea by archaeologists in Leicester University, the
"Virtual Walkabout" contains three elements: an archive of images from
the henge complexes at Avebury and Beaghmore ordered into walking tours
of the sites (the Walkabouts); a tool that allows for the creation of
more image archives from sites (the Walkabout Generator); and a tutorial
for students who can use the Virtual Walkabout concept to support their
own fieldwork training (the Walkabout Tutorial) .
The "Virtual Walkabout" archives contain a series of still,
2-dimensional photographic images that collectively try to express the
experience of walking round an archaeological site or monument. The
images are presented in their Virtual order from a given point of
departure, and are connected by a series of moves, forwards, backwards,
pan left, pan right, step left or step right. The user of a walkabout
archive can replicate walking around an archaeological landscape:
walking up an avenue, around a carved stone or from one site to another.
In this way it is possible to use simple 2 dimensional images to imitate
the experience of visiting an archaeological site.
Though based on a site, monument or landscape, the walkabout could also
be used to express any series of relationships between images that exist
on a single 2 dimensional plane, such as might be taken of buildings,
artefacts or artwork.
Each walkabout consists of 3 sets of images at different resolutions: a
small "thumbnail" image, a medium sized view and a full sized master
In addition, the Virtual Walkabout includes a generator tool which can
be used to generate walkabouts from any archaeological site, provided
the images are arranged, processed and indexed as appropriate.
The Walkabout Generator is supported by a tutorial which is intended to
encourage students to undertake their own simple fieldwork project and
presents many of the common problems that fieldworkers face but which
students often overlook. It is designed to give students a practical
fieldwork project which they can complete with minimal supervision in
limited time, preparing them for more sustained fieldwork projects. The
tutorial should best as a small group exercise within a larger fieldwork
Lecturers and tutors are invited to use the walkabout to prepare
students for field work. Students and those using the walkabout are
encouraged to submit their own "Virtual Walkabouts" for possible
archiving with the ADS.
The Virtual Walkabout derives from an original idea of Prof Clive
Ruggles who provided the initial set of images from the sites of
Beaghmore and Avebury. The tools and tutorial presented here were
devised by Dr Michael Reynier while in the Learning and Teaching Support
Network Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology. Technical support
and design was provided by Jo Clarke of the ADS. The project was funded
by the University of Leicester.
All best wishes,
Dr William Kilbride
User Services Manager
Archaeology Data Service
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