Students Document Archaeological Sites With 360° Video


The creative seed was planted about a year ago when Dr. Jacques Bromberg, assistant professor in the Department of Classics, read a story about an emerging innovative technology offered by the Teaching Center: virtual reality [VR]. It sparked immediate enthusiasm in Dr. Bromberg — as faculty director of the Pitt in Sicily program, he saw a fantastic opportunity to use VR technology in the study abroad program. But how?

Pitt in Sicily is designed for students interested in the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean. The class, consisting of about 15 undergraduate students, focuses on “Greek Archaeology through exploration of archaeological locations,” according to Dr. Bromberg. With so many picturesque settings to capture, one particular technology in the VR toolkit proved to be a perfect match for Dr. Bromberg’s needs: 360-degree video.

“We narrowed down these exciting possibilities to what would best work within the structure of Dr. Bromberg’s upcoming course and decided 360-video would be a natural application,” said Meagan Koleck, Teaching Center technology outreach coordinator. “It would enhance existing assignments and introduce new mediums that would display and distribute the student’s work in their field.”

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