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Virtual Versus Real – Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Presentations of Archaeological Heritage In Museums
In recent years, digital media have increasingly found their way into the archaeological exhibitions of museums and archaeologically oriented cultural tourism. These range from interactive boards to smartphone apps, augmented reality and virtual tours. Virtual tours in particular allow visitors to visit and experience the exhibition and exhibits, even in times like the 2020 pandemic, when a visit to the museum is not possible. On the other hand, the digital media lack haptic perception, which is particularly important in the reconstruction of archaeological objects and in experimental archeology in general. The possibility, for example, of taking a replica of a Stone Age flint stone blade and try to cut with it, offers a completely different experience than looking at a hologram. The perception of each individual is undoubtedly shaped by personal interests and preferences, but it is questionable to what extent virtual media can actually create a replacement in the museum of the future, or rather not just complement it.