History in 4D

We updated recently the TimeLine application in the Ename museum. It shows the evolution of the abbey site from 1065 tot 1730, so it is in fact a 4D application, allowing to move around in 3D and time.

TimeLine

TimeLine in the Ename museum (photo: Daniel Pletinckx)

In this TimeLine, the museum objects are linked to the 3D reconstructions of the abbey and the village.  The visitor finds the objects in the period they originate from, on the place they have been excavated, with detailed additional information. In this way, each object is being re-contextualised in its own period and explained in more detail than the small written notice in the glass case can provide.  For objects, that are difficult to understand, we have visualised the way they were used by 3D reconstruction. Rotating the virtual object reveals the use (shown in this video).

Bone skate

Bone skate, made from a bovine leg bone

Bone skate

Bone skate with strapped-on virtual shoe on top

Bone skate info

Additional information for the bone skate

In addition, the description of the abbey buildings, as presented in the onsite TimeScope system at the archaeological site, are also available for each of the periods. In this way, all the information on the archaeological site is available at any moment, as the onsite TimeScope is only opened from April 1 to November 1.