In recent years, humanists in many disciplines have been using 3D digital
technologies to capture and model their objects of study, from humble
artifacts such as vases or furniture to entire cities such as ancient Rome.
3D has become a new and powerful form of scholarly expression and
communication. The mission of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory is to
apply these new tools not only as interactive illustrations but also as
heuristic instruments of discovery. The scope of our interests--as implied
by the phrase "World Heritage"--includes the entire human record. The focus
of our investigations, as is suggested by the phrase "Virtual World"--is the
and how it can make possible experiences and experiments
that--short of time travel--would otherwise not be possible. Click
to read a recent article by Director Bernard Frischer setting forth the
key ideas behind the creation of the VWHL.