From the field to the show-room : the Augmented-Reality Kilns ExhibitiOn (ARKEO)

Alexis Gorgues, Florent Comte, Sonia Syllac


In 2015, the four years old LABEX Bordeaux Archaeological Sciences (LaScArBx) inaugurated an exhibition summing up its first and main results; among these, the results of the investigation project “The pottery in the Ancient Mediterranean: the Iberian Case”. One of the main action of this program consisted on the excavation of the 3rd-1st cent BC Mas de Moreno (Teruel, Spain) potters’ workshop.
During this excavation, and since 2012, a 3D scanner was used for recording excavated structures (mainly kilns) as well as some artefacts (pots, loom weights, tools…), in order to optimize the quality of the archaeological data. These data have been first used for scientific purposes (as support for virtual experiments), then for communicating scientific results in an academic context, and, least but not last, as a medium for augmenting an exhibition aimed at a wide audience, on the specific context of the exhibition we previously referred to.
In this poster, we would like to present the process we used, from the field recording to the elaboration of easy-to-use 3D models. The presentation will be subdivided into 3 different parts. Part 1 will document the field recording with an Artec EVA scanner. Part 2 will analyze the data processing phase, and present the first experiments of field-data-based infography, aimed at a scientific public. Part 3 will consider how we “reconverted” these documents in interactive, augmented reality models within the exhibition. These models, imported as assets in Unity 3D, were accessible through tablets, thanks to the Vuforia Platform, and allowed the integration in a panel-based exhibition of “virtual objects” (a kiln, a potter’s stamp, a pot, a tool), that could be manipulated and closely examined by the visitors, thus enhancing their experience.