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Volume 16, Issue 3


The Robinson House in the AR-Based Manassas Battlefield National Park Experience

Alisa Pettitt / Sven Fuhrmann
Published Online: 2017-11-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icom-2017-0029


The historic Robinson House of Virginia’s Manassas Battlefield National Park survived the Civil War, but was destroyed in 1993 by an act of possible incendiarism. This research investigates how an augmented reality (AR) application for mobile devices could aid in virtually re-erecting history, such as the Robinson House, and thus provide educational, accessible, user-friendly apps for use at heritage sites. Initial results from this research show that AR-based experiences can be developed for heritage sites from customizable open source platforms accessible to historians and archaeologists. The prototype of the AR-based Manassas Battlefield National Park Experience highlights several opportunities for cross-disciplinary research between anthropology, geoinformation science and human-computer interaction.

Keywords: Augmented Reality (AR); Heritage Sites; Manassas Battlefield National Park; Civil War; Archaeology


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About the article

Alisa Pettitt

Alisa Pettitt is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University and an SOI qualified archaeologist working for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Her current research focuses on Virtual and Augmented Reality for the interpretation of heritage sites and archaeological research.

Sven Fuhrmann

Dr. Sven Fuhrmann is the Associate Chair of the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science and an Associate Professor of Geovisualization and Geoinformation at George Mason University. Dr. Fuhrmann is a SME in GIScience and Geovisualization, bridging cutting-edge research developments in the United States and Europe. His research interests include 3D Geovisualization, Virtual and Augmented Reality, HCI, Spatial Cognition and Behavior.

Published Online: 2017-11-24

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: i-com, Volume 16, Issue 3, Pages 215–222, ISSN (Online) 2196-6826, ISSN (Print) 1618-162X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/icom-2017-0029.

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