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IU departments team up to create interactive exhibit of Angel Mounds State Historic Site

IU's Advanced Visualization Lab, Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaelogy collaborate on project

Through a blend of technology and archaeological studies, two departments at Indiana University are shedding new light on a prehistoric Native American site in Indiana. A recent collaboration between IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) and Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology produced an interactive exhibit highlighting the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, located in Evansville, Ind.

The exhibit consists of a high-resolution, multi-touch, tabletop display showing a map of the Angel Mounds site. Pressing buttons scattered throughout the site reveals photographs and videos on themes such as agriculture, protection and daily life. The exhibit is installed in the Glenn Black Lab (GBL) on the IU Bloomington campus.

The creation of this new exhibit coincided with the Glenn Black Lab's 50th anniversary celebration. It will remain in the lab to educate visitors about the Glenn Black Lab, the Angel Mounds site, and the Mississippian culture. Due to the portability of the AVL’s IQ-Table, the exhibit may travel to the Angel Mounds site in the future.

For this collaboration, the GBL provided the general idea and all media contained in the exhibit. The AVL provided the design for the IQ-Table and created the software for the interactive exhibit.

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About IU's Advanced Visualization Lab

IU’s Advanced Visualization Lab is funded through the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology; is a unit of UITS Research Technologies; and is affiliated with the Pervasive Technology Institute.