Virtual World Heritage Laboratory

bringing 3D technologies to humanities research

Mission

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 metaverse and how it can make possible experiences and experiments that--short of time travel--would otherwise not be possible. Click here to read a recent article by Director Bernard Frischer setting forth the key ideas behind the creation of the VWHL.