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Critical masses: Augmented virtual experiences and the xenoplastic at Australia's cold war and nuclear heritage sites

Broderick, M., Cypher, M. and Macbeth, J. (2009) Critical masses: Augmented virtual experiences and the xenoplastic at Australia's cold war and nuclear heritage sites. Archaeologies, 5 (2). pp. 323-343.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11759-009-9110-3
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Abstract

Critical Masses is a multidisciplinary pilot project that aims to graphically represent and mediate the histories, spaces and narratives concerning former nuclear installations within central Australia. These include the abandoned British atomic test sites at Emu Field and Maralinga, the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM)/Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) rocket launchers at Woomera, and the decommissioned US National Security Agency early warning satellite base at Nurrungar. Significantly, each of these Cold War sites are situated in either hazardous, remote, secure and/or culturally sensitive areas and require sophisticated analysis and negotiation in order to best render their complexity for both online access and on-site tourism. In association with the Maralinga-Pilling Trust and traditional indigenous landowners a multi-tiered approach (re)creating these locations is being modelled across platforms for diverse audiences. Digital materials are being authored and designed for stand-alone DVD, online interactive sites and archives, an immersive/simulated space for interpretation centres, and augmented/enhanced reality interfaces via GPS and mobile/handheld devices used in situ at key sites.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: World Archaeological Congress
Copyright: © 2009 World Archaeological Congress
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/3487
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