Virtual archaeology and new possibilities for historic site interpretation: A case study from Point Puer, Tasmania

John Stephenson

Heritage Tasmania

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Dig It: The Journal of the Flinders Archaeological Society
Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2014

Print: ISSN 1440-2475
Online: ISSN 2203-1898


The act of interpreting historic sites without compromising their integrity is an art which requires careful balancing. The use of digital technology to record, analyse and interpret historic sites has become widespread, although the Australian heritage sector is yet to fully embrace the opportunities. The Point Puer Boys’ Prison at Port Arthur, Tasmania, has been used as a case study to test the relevance of digital technology to the field of archaeological interpretation. A complete 3D digital reconstruction of Point Puer was created, which has then been used as a basis to demonstrate possible interpretation and education techniques. This project was aimed to be a technology demonstration for the Australian heritage sector, illustrating how digital technology can be used as a management tool at historic sites using free software that is accessible to the general public.


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