Virtual Reality and the Ancient World – Dr. Simon Young, Founder Lithodomos VR

april, 2019

09apr2:30 pm4:00 pmVirtual Reality and the Ancient World - Dr. Simon Young, Founder Lithodomos VRa Powerful Technology that Enables us to Step into Lost Environments of the Ancient World

Event Details

Lithodomos VR is an innovative start-up based in Melbourne that secured substantial seed funding in 2016 to develop VR content based on archaeologically accurate material. In this presentation, the company’s founder Dr. Simon J. Young talks about the potential of Virtual Reality as an educational and research tool. Those of us who have studied the ancient world have wondered at times what it would have felt like to stand in the streets of some of the incredible places that have succumbed to the ravages of time. At the same time, archaeology, as a discipline, carefully collects and records traces of the past for publication and the presentation of research to the wider public. Now, VR provides us with a powerful tool to present and visualise the results of these investigations in a 360 stereoscopic immersive digital environment. This talk will explore some particular implications of these possibilities, and will feature spectacular digital reconstructions of the ancient world. There will also be a chance to experience the VR at the end of the talk.

Dr. Simon J. Young: Simon holds a PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Melbourne. His expertise lies in archaeologically correct digital recreations of the ancient world. His research interests also include ancient city planning and development, as well as the reception of architectural landscapes by ancient observers. Since he founded Lithodomos in 2016, he has travelled extensively throughout Europe launching onsite VR experiences at many archaeological sites, and was invited to present the company’s work at UNESCO’s first Digital Heritage Lab in Paris in 2018.


(Tuesday) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Embodied Movement Design Studio

6/40 Green Street (Artist's Lane)

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