Neolithic village

Neolithic village

“The virtual neolithic village offers our visitors an unique way to experience history. Detailed models, aerial photographs of the area and realistic structures complement our exhibition wonderously.”

Merja Heiskanen

Museum director, Kuopion museo

One of the most interesting sides of the VR industry is, that you never know beforehand, which world you get to dive in next. This time our team got to delve into some 4,000 year-old Tuusniemi, located in Northern Savonia. We got our hands on the material and the vast collections of the Kuopio Museum of Cultural History, upon which we built the ancient neolithic village of Tuusniemi.

Our work began by designing the intended VR experience and the various aspects that make it work. Our solution included the following: A virtual bird’s-eye view of the location, an outdoor scene of the village and the decorated interior of the main building.

The interior was 3D modeled, based on archeological data gathered from the actual excavation site. We extensively photographed the collections of the museum, and properly 3D modeled and textured them according to the reference material. Our developers implemented physics simulation into the pieces, so they could be handled in VR with the controllers. The museum’s visitors could finally “touch” and get a closer look of the historical pieces, that usually are placed inside display cases. In the outdoor view they could experience the atmosphere of the ancient village from the cooking huts to the canoes and equipment of the fishermen.

The Neolithic village in 360 degrees

In 2,000 B.C., the water level in Tuusniemi was about 9 meters higher than today, putting the village right next to water. Our drone photographed the area from the air, resulting in a 360 view and a photogrammetry model of the site. In the photogrammetry model we made an animation depicting the drop in water level over the passing of time.

Pauli Rissanen

3D- modelling & AD

pauli@3dtalo.fi

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