The archaeological site of Ename tells the story of a thriving medieval trade settlement that is replaced by a Benedictine abbey. This story has been unravelled by 30 years of excavations and 80 years of historical studies and is shown in the local heritage centre and at the archaeological site in several ways.
One application is called Timeline showing this story in an interactive 4D way (i.e. 3D + time). We have updated this application by adding the 1015 period (showing the trade settlement that precedes the abbey) but also by adding the current archaeological site through drone imagery.
To obtain the appropriate images, a drone flight was planned to visualise the site from the same viewpoints as the virtual reconstructions, so that the virtual and real images fit together seamlessly.
By recording site images that fit with the existing virtual reconstruction images, an interactive visualisation of the site allows the visitors to experience and explore the evolution of the site. As the abbey has been preceded by an Ottonian trade settlement, we also have added the virtual reconstruction of the site around 1015.
In this way, the Ename Timeline visualises not only 1000 years of evolution of a site but links also all available historical and archaeological information (I-symbol) and the excavated objects (excavation symbol) on display around the application.