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Making a World Heritage Site Perceptible for Visually Impaired People

By [email protected] - 21st June 2016 - 13:40

In cooperation with the Cyprus University of Technology, QuestUAV flew the archaeological park with one of their Q-200 Surveyor drones. Pix4Dmapper Pro was used to translate the acquired high resolution aerial images into a virtual 3D model. Sections of this virtual model were printed in 3D and can now be discovered by visually impaired people at the visitor centre. While the majority of the archaeological remains, including several buildings with well conserved floor mosaics, of the area date to the Roman and Early Byzantine periods, the most ancient connect to settlements and tombs of the Ceramic Neolithic period (circa 5500-4000 BCE). The Kourion Archaeological Area is managed by the Cyprus Department of Antiquities and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Paphos. The amphitheater was printed in 3D with Braille explanations for visitors to discover in the visitors center.