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Ball State University (Muncie, IN 47306-1022)
Kevin C. Nolan (Project Director: June 2019 to present)
John Fillwalk (Co Project Director: October 2019 to present)
Virtual World Heritage Ohio

The development and testing of a prototype of an interactive three-dimensional simulation of the Newark Earthworks, one of Ohio’s Hopewell ceremonial centers.

People the world over build monuments to connect land and sky, structuring human experience of the cosmic through their creations. When built of earth, these monuments degrade in ways that obscure the intended earth-sky connection and meaning ascribed to it. We overcome some of these challenges by employing recent digital technologies to virtually reconstruct one of the most significant earthworks built by the American Indian people of the Hopewell Culture. With a Level II grant, Virtual World Heritage Ohio develops a full digital model and virtual exploration prototype of the Octagon Earthworks--a Hopewell culture site on the U.S. Tentative List for World Heritage. The publicly accessible prototype builds upon the existing CERHAS reconstructions, expanding avenues for humanities scholarship while broadening public understanding of and appreciation for these significant American Indian monuments.

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Project fields:

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$99,996 (approved)
$99,996 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 1/31/2023