Scientists study Pompeii with the help of VR technology

(ORDO NEWS) — Until 79 AD, Pompeii was a thriving city with a population of approximately 20,000. But in just a few days, life in the city stopped due to a volcanic eruption. Despite these terrible events, it was the volcanic ash that “preserved” Pompeii for us.

For decades, scientists have continued to find many interesting buildings, artifacts and sites in Pompeii. This time, the attention of archaeologists was attracted by one of the most beautiful houses of the ancient city – the House of Epigrams.

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Despite the fact that the house was damaged by centuries of neglect, weathering and volcanic eruptions, researchers from the University of Lund, Sweden were able to restore it using virtual reality (VR) and eye-tracking technology.

It is no coincidence that scientists have chosen the “House of Epigrams” for their work. It was once decorated with intricate frescoes. It was full of work and daily routine. This house was also a visiting card, it informed people about the personal power and status of the owner and his family.

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Using the Unity platform, the researchers reconstructed a 3D model of the house. The team then used spatial analysis and eye-tracking technology to observe the volunteers as they entered the Epigram House in virtual reality.

This development made it possible not only to walk through the ancient house, but also to appreciate how skillfully the decorators and architects of those times worked. Modern technology has made it possible to gauge people’s visual attention as they look around a home, keeping track of what caught their attention.

“The results of this study show how the home owner stimulated the visitor’s senses to convey a message of power and wealth,” the scientists write.


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