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Presenting the Romans Presenting the Romans
Interpreting the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site
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11 - Mainlimes Mobil: Presenting Archaeology and Museums with the Help of Smartphones

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 September 2013

Nigel Mills
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Director, World Heritage and Access, The Hadrian's Wall Trust
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The Development of an Idea

Our special interest is the presentation of archaeological information to the public using modern technologies and moving images (Walkshofer and Dobat 2005). At the Limes Congress in Newcastle in 2009 we presented the film The Limes on the River Main. This film was designed to present the different forts of the Main Limes and its archaeological remains through the website www.museen-mainlimes.de. The challenge was to create a short 13-minute film that could be watched in sequences so that web designers could link a specific archaeological site directly to the corresponding sequence in the film.

Based on that project we developed the idea of presenting film sequences at the archaeological sites themselves, using mobile phones. The Landesstelle für die nichtstaatlichen Museen and the Bayerische Sparkassenstiftung agreed to initiate a prototype project for the Limes in Bavaria to explore the possibilities of this new technology. We had been experimenting with video on mobile phones for as long as we had been interested in the project, but, in terms of user experience, the quality of video on the small colour displays available at that time was poor. However, the idea that in the near future the viewer would have in their pocket the hardware to view multimedia content anywhere was constantly on our minds.

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Presenting the Romans
Interpreting the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site
, pp. 103 - 112
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Print publication year: 2013

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