VIRTUAL DIVING IN THE UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF CALA MINNOLA
- 1Department of Mechanical, Energy and Management Engineering (DIMEG), University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
- 2Department of Electronics, Computer Science and System Sciences (DIMES), University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
- 33DResearch S.r.l., 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
- 4Soprintendenza del Mare della Regione Sicilia 90133 Palermo, Italy
Keywords: Virtual Reality, virtual exploitation, underwater 3D reconstruction, Underwater Cultural Heritage
Abstract. The paper presents the application of the technologies and methods defined in the VISAS project for the case study of the underwater archaeological site of Cala Minnola located in the island of Levanzo, in the archipelago of the Aegadian Islands (Sicily, Italy). The VISAS project (http://visas-project.eu) aims to improve the responsible and sustainable exploitation of the Underwater Cultural Heritage by means the development of new methods and technologies including an innovative virtual tour of the submerged archaeological sites.
In particular, the paper describes the 3D reconstruction of the underwater archaeological site of Cala Minnola and focus on the development of the virtual scene for its visualization and exploitation. The virtual dive of the underwater archaeological site allows users to live a recreational and educational experience by receiving historical, archaeological and biological information about the submerged exhibits, the flora and fauna of the place.