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Situating Cultural Technologies Outdoors: Designing for Mobile Interpretation of Rock Art in Rural Britain
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Dr Areti Galani
Dr Deborah Maxwell
Dr Aron Mazel
Dr Kate Sharpe
Galani A, Maxwell D, Mazel A, Sharpe K
Trant, J., Bearman, D.
Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Museums and the Web
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Year of Conference
31 March 2011
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Mobile development and technology is the now, the here, the cutting edge. Rock art, or 'cup and ring' marks – abstract Neolithic and Early Bronze Age carvings in stone – is the past. This paper discusses the Rock Art Mobile Project (RAMP) which addresses the challenge of designing and delivering mobile interpretation to three rock art areas in Northumberland, UK. RAMP proposes a departure from the more traditional design approaches of delivering scientific content in the form of an archaeological mobile guide. It acknowledges that rock art interpretation requires a 'design space', which facilitates empathy between users and designers, and allows the existing archaeological content, the public's fascination with the 'cryptic' meaning of the rock art sites and the technological, environmental and personal situation of the user to be explored and to inspire technological development.
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