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Francesca Dolcetti researches the impact of 3D modelling

Posted on 13 October 2017

York PhD researcher Francesca Dolcetti studies interactive digital visualisations and audience perception

Francesca Dolcetti

A PhD student from the Department of Archaeology is conducting research on how different audiences perceive digital visualisations of archaeological sites, interact and learn through them. She now seeks participants to help her understand how these visualisations affect us as human beings.

Francesca Dolcetti’s research is focused on evaluating the impact that 3D modelling has upon archaeological research, academic and public dissemination. Her research explores the application of 3D interactive models in archaeology in both academic and public dissemination, arguing that it needs to be properly evaluated to understand how it affects people’s engagements with and perceptions of past cultures.

Francesca is currently conducting a survey to collect feedback on an interactive 3D model, showing the interpretive visualisation of a Middle Bronze Age settlement.

To date, the preliminary results of her study show interesting responses in terms of engagement from both professional and lay users. They highlight several key topics that need further investigation, such as the role of immersion and interactivity in enhancing user experience and promoting learning, and the perception and acceptance of avatars.

Overall, these results are a promising step towards a better understanding of how interactive 3D models in archaeology are not only used but perceived by a diverse range of audiences and to what extent they produce excitement and emotional response, fostering desire for knowledge about or interaction with past cultures.

If you are willing to participate in Francesca’s research project visit her website, play around with the 3D model and fill out the questionnaire ( You can also contact her directly on This research has been given ethical approval by the University of York, Arts and Humanities Ethics Committee (AHEC).