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Virtual Nidaros

Virtual Nidaros

Medieval Nidaros in Virtual Reality is the name of the interdiciplinary Eksperter i Team village lead by Assistant Professor Torbjørn Hallgren and co-leader Jo Skjermo. This virtual heritage project focuses on the tangible aspects of cultural heritage; how to use 3D modelling, graphics, and computer animation to visualise objects and sites with archaeological, aesthetic, or historical value.

The four groups in the village have been involved in the development of 3D models, sites, and landscapes in an effort to create virtual reality models of historical Trondheim, known as Nidaros in the middle ages.

The first project was about reconstruction of the landscape and topography at Nidarnes. Churches, buildings and other historical objects (confirmed by excavations or known from historical documents) have been placed on the reconstruced landscape (see illustration). Reins Kloster was the focus of the second project. The group had recreated the monastery in two 3D models showing different ways of building the tower; one a square tower and one with a unique octagonal tower. 

Nidaros was an important mint site throughout the middle ages. The third group focused on the mint workshop; modelling the building and making 3D animations of the site and the different workers.

The last project was about the Olav church. Where was the original Olav church built? Was it constructed in roman or gothic style? How was the ceiling of the church constructed? These and other questions were put forward by the group. Read more about the Olav church and the virtual heritage in Universitetsavisa (in Norwegian).

By: Kai Torgeir Dragland     Published: 05.05.2008     
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