Recoding the Nautical Archaeology: Virtual Museum of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Turkey

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Recoding the Nautical Archaeology: Virtual Museum of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Turkey


Session 10
Technology and Underwater Cultural Heritage


The preservation of underwater cultural heritage (UCH) requires availability and access to data produced by nautical archaeology alongside tools for analysis, visualization and communication. Although numerous archaeological surveys and excavations have been carried out in the past decades in Turkey, there is no publicly available information system integrated to nautical archaeology. This paper proposes a framework of a virtual museum of UCH. For the creation of this framework, a data collection methodology for underwater surveys has been formulated and a web based information system has been designed to store the collected data. This paper explores the methods of analysis, visualization and communication embedded in this online system towards the development of a virtual museum.

Virtual museum (VM) incorporates the practices of collection, preservation, research, visualization and exhibit, thus offering new approaches to the preservation of cultural heritage. In this paper, a web-based information system has been developed for a model of a virtual museum using the data collected during underwater surveys conducted on the coastal region of Kas, Turkey in 2007- 2010. Divers from a variety of professional backgrounds followed the practice of in situ preservation. They collected visual, geographical and descriptive data using structured datasheets. Through the analysis of these non-destructive methods, an open-content information system is designed aiming the contribution of all interested parties in a collaborative manner. The system currently contains information on 22 sites in the form of sketches, measurements, drawings, photographs of finds. Combined with Google Maps, the database illustrates the initial technological steps towards the development of a virtual museum.

Divers, archaeologists and other interested users of this information system participate in the musealization of information through separately applied analysis, visualization and communication tools by open software programs. These initial steps demonstrate the methods for the automation of data analysis and visual documentation, the visualization of information and the communication of this knowledge. Futuristic concepts of automated, immersive and interactive design redefine the virtual museum of UCH as well as offer different approaches to the discipline of nautical archaeology.


Dr. Guzden Varinlioglu


November 2011



Dr. Guzden Varinlioglu , “Recoding the Nautical Archaeology: Virtual Museum of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Turkey,” The MUA Collection, accessed October 21, 2018,

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