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Cultural Heritage in Second Life

August 24, 2008

Hello, and welcome to CHiSL!  After seeing so much interest in creating virtual cultural heritage locations in Second Life, we created this loose consortium to keep track of all of the various, ongoing projects by different people and institutions.

Here at the University of California, Berkeley, there is an exciting DeCal class (classes taught by undergraduates for undergraduates) that is based on OKAPI island, a reconstruction of the Neolithic site of  Çatalhöyük in Turkey.  From the class website:

“The purpose of this class is to investigate how Second Life (an online role playing game) can be used to turn a physical environment into a virtual one. This course will explore the real vs. virtual world concept in the context of Catal Hoyuk, a Neolithic site in Turkey. This course incorporates on going archaeological research in Second Life and addresses key issues in archaeology such as the archaeologist’s audience and archaeology/media relations.

This course also serves as a basic primer into the virtual world of Second Life. Through this course, students will learn how to interact with real people in a virtual environment. This course also addresses how virtual experiences are applicable to the real world (i.e. relationships, business). By the end of this course, students will have established themselves as fully functioning citizens of Second Life and will know how to control basic aspects of their environment.”

It should be interesting–check back for ongoing developments with the class and with other sites in Second Life!

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2 comments

  1. your shortcut link to the decal doesn’t work. Use this instead
    http://decalberkeley.nfshost.com/784


  2. hi ruth & company
    just wanted to touch base and let you know about my Register of Geographic and Historic Places in Second Life. find it on my web pages:
    http://nmsua.edu/tiopete/sl-register-of-historic-places/

    enjoy touring Catalhoyuk with my students. keep up the good work!
    cordially,
    tiopete Renard



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