Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Check out this video and interview with the Digital Pompeii people at the University of Arkansas. They've been using gaming technology to recreate insula blocks, and the result is pretty cool. It reminds me a bit of the cork models made during the Fiorelli era of excavation. This is a great way of recording the location of wall-paintings and mosaics, although the rooms are a bit bare with no furniture or artefacts, and no roofs. But there are probably enough problems trying to reconstruct the location of wall-paintings (a big question must be the reliability of the evidence used in the reconstruction) without throwing other elements (which would be based on subjective interpretation) into the mix. Anyway, I'm not sure the recreation provides an insight into what Roman (or Pompeian) houses were actually like, but I do think this could be a useful tool. I wonder how many insula blocks they are planning to do, and how they plan to publish. Does anyone know? More information, please!