Finding New Stories of the Past

The past is full of stories. These stories can not only teach us about life in the past, but they can also inspire tourism or teach us lessons about the future. Stories of amateur archaeologist form an entry to local history, but also show us why some people are more interested in the past than others. These stories can be made visible using various (digital) techniques and inspire others to learn about local history and archaeology. To be able to improve tourism to a certain region, the cultural history can be an important source of the region can be an inspiration or even a means to attract more visitors.

Stories can only be told, if we can find them. For that purpose we use digital technologies and techniques such as remote sensing. Long term drought leads to vegetation stress resulting is so called crop marks. These can be detected with drones with sensors. If we find a castle or an abbey using these techniques, we can start combining the historical and archaeological data to tell stories of the past and hopefully improve tourism. These methods exist, but we need also more research on improving the detection. You can not only think about finding cultural heritage, but also how to tell these stories and think about new ways of visualizing.

Stories need data and data generates stories. For example, ships such as the Batavia, were reconstructed in the past decades and these reconstructions inspire new ways of think about the past, but how can we tell these stories to visitors or inhabitants of a city? What data do we need? How can we visualize these stories? What techniques are available? What techniques are possible? What knowledge can we extract from professionals, locals and volunteers? Which stories are interesting? Which stories inspire tourism? Which inspire new knowledge? How do stories contribute to better tourism?

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):