Capturing Willandra – Challenges & Experiences Bringing a Hidden Historical Site to Interactive Digital Life

Chris Little & Dale Patterson Part of CW17

The Willandra trackways are one of Australia’s most important historical sites. They include the footprints of our earliest Australians, some 20,000 years old, and all captured in the clay-pans of the Willandra lakes region. Unfortunately these national treasures are hidden, for their own protection, beneath a layer of sand and thus are completely unavailable to the broader public. This paper discusses the challenges in using digital capture techniques to capture and convert this data into interactive experience.