Augmented Reality (AR) and 3D printing have increasingly been used in archaeological and cultural heritage to make artifacts and environments accessible to the general public.
The Department of Computer Science and the Innovation Labs at BTH collaborated by digitizing and 3D printing the remains of an ancient dog skeleton, the Ljungaviken dog, dated around 8000 years ago, found in Ljungaviken (Sölvesborg) in 2020. The dog remains have been digitized using 3D scanning and displayed in an AR application. A physical replica has also been created with 3D printing. Both the AR application and the 3D printed copy have been shown in a temporary museum exhibition.
Due to issues of displaying fragile objects in a museum setting, shows our project a positive alternative towards using digital artifacts to showcase our cultural heritage.
Valeria Garro & Veronica Sundstedt