Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 582–600

Augmenting Phenomenology: Using Augmented Reality to Aid Archaeological Phenomenology in the Landscape



Explorations of perception using GIS have traditionally been based on vision and analysis confined to the computer laboratory. In contrast, phenomenological analyses of archaeological landscapes are normally carried out within the particular landscape itself; and computer analysis away from the landscape in question is often seen as anathema to such attempts. This paper presents initial research that aims to bridge this gap by using augmented reality (AR). AR gives us the opportunity to merge the real world with virtual elements, including 3D models, soundscapes, and social media. In this way, aspects of GIS analysis that would usually keep us chained to the desk can be experienced directly in the field at the time of investigation.


Phenomenology GIS Augmented reality Archaeological theory 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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