Cultural Heritage Studies Program Holds Exhibition on New Digital Technologies in Cultural Heritage Management at OSA

3D models, augmented reality, holo pyramids, drones and global positioning systems – all of these are no longer just the possessions of museums of the future.  Throughout the world, and for several years in Hungary as well, these tools and methods that sounded futuristic not long ago are being used in more and more areas for the preservation and presentation of heritage.

Archaeolingua Foundation and Press and the Cultural Heritage Studies at CEU co-hosted a two-day conference and exhibition on new, unintrusive technologies on Feb. 6-7 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Centralis Gallery at the Open Society Archives.

When opening the exhibition, Erzsebet Jerem, managing director of Archaeolingua, stressed the importance of mapping the current state of archeology, which was also the focal point of the two-day event. Beyond enabling archeologists to “see what’s underground”, new technology also allows for new approaches and creates a new way of thinking. We need to turn to the future, and manage cultural heritage in a meaningful way so that it will benefit future generations,” she said.  Jozsef Laszlovszky, professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at CEU, gave a short description of the exhibits, and talked about their role both in archeology and in education.

Among others, visitors could see a drone, a 3D scanner, a holo pyramid, and a 3D printer in action, “printing” a miniature 3D version of the cathedral of Pecs, and talk to archeologists and experts.