Marion Smeltzer, graduate student in the MA in Applied Archaeology program, has developed a virtual world of archaeology in VIBE (Virtual Islands for Better Education), an OpenSim platform for schools and educators. Her work was described in the November 24, 2013, issue of Hypergrid Business, the Magazine for Enterprise users of Virtual Worlds.
Right: Marion Smeltzer with Leica ScanStation at Allegheny Portage
The article, “Three Virtual Environment Platforms that Inspire Learning” by Ann Cudworth, describes several projects which virtual environments are used for teaching and training. It describes how VIBE developed to provide landscapes for experimentation in educational virtual environments.
Smeltzer’s project, one of three VIBE projects described in the article, developed from IUP Archaeology Island, has morphed into a world called Nova Archaeology. The most recent development consists of a virtual representation of the Allegheny Portage Railroad based on 3D scans of the actual site by Smeltzer using the Leica c10 Sidescan recently purchased by the IUP Anthropology Department, with funding from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant. Left: Leica scan of the Skew Arch at the Allegheny Portage National Historic Site
Department of Anthropology