Augmented Reality in Archaeology – Meet Stephanie Sterling, Student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
As an undergraduate student studying art history and archaeology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Stephanie Sterling interned at the Midwest Archeological Center for the National Park Service (NPS). For her internship, Sterling created an interactive web application aimed to educate the general public about the archaeology of one of NPS’ parks, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
The Lincoln Home National Historic Site in Illinois is an American historic landmark that preserves the former home of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and the four blocks surrounding it. Sterling’s web application reveals the rich history and the archeological discovery of the site through a variety of resources, including geographic information systems, archival documents, photographs, and virtually reconstructed artifacts from the site’s expansive artifact collection that exceeds 80,000 objects.
Photo: Stephanie Sterling and Margaret Robinson presenting their work at a conference.
When presenting her work, Sterling utilizes Augment to virtually display the 3D reconstruction of these artifacts that are vital to telling the story of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Not only is it important to telling the story but the interactive yet informative nature of Augment also further engages her audience. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the use of Augment by students, educators and professionals, for there are clear benefits to using this technology beyond simply presentation. Using Augment benefits the public since it gives them access to artifacts usually unavailable to them. Augment also allows for researchers to access collections abroad with accurate details and measurement. And all of this helps preserve the collection since it limits physical handling of the artifacts.
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