Design of the informative and ludic digital experience, for the renewal of the Underwater Archaeological Museum in Campeche, unique in Latin America and awarded with UNESCO Convention as a Site of Good Practice for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage. We designed and developed five interactive modules in 42-inches touchscreens. The first one, a Timeline where we also made the digital illustration of the following scenes: Fall of the Chicxulub meteorite and death of Jurassic animals, Crater of the meteorite in the Yucatan Peninsula (from NASA images), Flora and fauna of the Pleistocene, and the scene –inside the cave– of Naia, the most ancient woman found in the Americas so far, before she felt into the cenote “Hoyo Negro” (Black Hole) where her skeleton was found. For this production, one of our designers kindly posed for the photo of Naia’s body; we digitally changed her head for the one of the facial reconstruction from Naia’s skull. We also retouched her muscle mass because this young pre-historic woman must have been really thin, due to her diet.
Our job is a fun thing to do. We created games around 19th century steamboats’ wrecks, interactive modules where jewelry tells us stories, stories to understand how submerged cultural heritage is recovered, its history and the reason why its research, restoration and conservation is important. We developed two interactive games for tablets that consisted on the visitor taking a photo of his face, to later dress up with different attires of speleologist- diver or speleologist-archaeologist; once he is prepared he may choose between 10 different scenarios.
Finally, around the valuable collection of colonial jewelry recovered from wrecks by the team of the Subdirección de Arqueología Subacuática at INAH, we elaborated electronic labels of the small jewels with 3D models that the visitor may explore with 360-degrees full zoom images; digital objects were created from multiple high definition photographs.
Domo Educativo / INAH Campeche