The Virtual Vault
Douglas W. Gann, Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist
A joint project of Archaeology Southwest and the Arizona State Museum (ASM), the Virtual Vault was a breakthrough interactive application. Based around a technologically innovative method for quickly and affordably producing photorealistic digital models of objects and structures, the idea behind the Vault was to “house,” or serve, digital representations of a significant portion of ASM’s whole vessel collection in an interactive exhibition setting and over the Internet.
The Virtual Vault project ran into some technical problems that led to the creation of an unsustainable resource, particularly as Adobe Flash technology began to falter through security and memory problems. The Virtual Vault project has since evolved into our new Virtual Southwest project, which is following upon the promise of the original Virtual Vault.
Gila Butte Red-on-buff bowl courtesy of the Arizona State Museum.
Gallup Black-on-white jar courtesy of the National Park Service.