EU Project Completion: CAVE3 – Open Cave and Museum Workshop in Petralona

Polytech S.A. is thrilled to announce the successful completion of its latest innovative project, “Cave3 – Open Cave and Museum Workshop in Petralona.” This project was brought to life through a collaborative effort with the CERTH Institute of Bio-Economy, the Ministry of Culture & Sports, DRAXIS Environmental, and Polyptychon Cultural Services. The research proposal for Cave3 was approved under the ESPA 2014-2020 “Research-Create-Innovate” business program.

Cave3 harnesses modern 3D technologies, including three-dimensional scanning and printing as well as virtual reality, to revolutionize the way visitors experience the cave and museum. These advanced technologies convert the visit into an engaging and educational adventure, utilizing “open labs” for hands-on demonstration workshops.

The primary goal of the Cave3 project is to leverage the technological revolution and the capabilities of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to document and exhibit the museum’s displays and the cave itself as significant natural and cultural landmarks. The project’s key benefits include:

  • Digitizing Finds and Routes: Utilizing three-dimensional scanning technology to digitize artifacts and paths within the cave.
  • Documentation and Highlighting: Thoroughly documenting and showcasing the findings.
  • Virtual Reality Integration: Introducing artifacts into virtual reality environments to enhance the cultural experience for museum visitors and to present digital exhibits within their physical space in the cave.
  • Accessible Digital Museum: Creating a digital museum that is inclusive and accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Open Labs: Establishing and piloting open labs with categorized information tailored for different visitor groups, including students, the general public, and the scientific community.
  • Virtual Maintenance Workshop: Developing a virtual maintenance workshop to educate scientists and deepen their knowledge, as well as to entertain and educate students and the general public through serious games.
  • Skilled Human Resources: Training high-skilled personnel in the diagnosis, preservation, documentation, and exhibition of artifacts of significant cultural and natural value.

Cave3 encompasses several specific actions to achieve its objectives:

  • 3D Scanning and Filming: Conducting three-dimensional scanning and filming of the entire cave route and adjacent areas using terrestrial scanners and drones.
  • Digital Museum Organization: Systematically organizing a digital museum.
  • Artifact Documentation and Display: Scanning and filming all findings, with the possibility of displaying them additionally.
  • Promotion of Ancient Human Remains: Documenting and promoting the oldest human remains discovered in Greece.
  • Virtual Maintenance Lab: Developing a virtual maintenance laboratory.

The Cave3 project is a collaborative effort among several esteemed organizations:

  • The Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports, Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology, Speleology of Northern Greece
  • CERTH Institute of Bio-Economy
  • DRAXIS Environmental
  • Polyptychon Cultural Services
  • Polytech S.A.

Polytech SA and its partners are excited about the potential of Cave3 to transform the way we interact with and appreciate our cultural and natural heritage, making it more accessible, engaging, and educational for all.

For more information about the Cave3 Project visit https://www.cave3.net/ (available in Greek).

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