At the SOTSEF Science and Engineering Day on Saturday 16th March, the Digital Learning team provided support to the Black Sea MAP stand with their Oculus Go VR headsets. These were used to take over 800 visitors, from 2 to 82 years old, on virtual ‘dives’ to some of the world’s oldest and most intact shipwrecks within the Black Sea, southeast Europe, some over 2km below modern sea level. This included the early 4th century BC Greek wreck that made international headlines in October 2018. This was the highlight of stand, which also showcased 3D printing of accurate models of some of the 65 shipwrecks discovered, as well as showcasing short films covering highlights of the project. The ability to directly engage with these wrecks through VR was a real highlight for all those attending, with the team being awarded the prestigious SOTSEF Chair’s Award for both ‘wow factor’ and showcasing interdisciplinary science.
Dr Michael J. Grant
Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS)
Ocean and Earth Science