(National Institute of Archaeology and Museum – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Keywords: Rescue excavations, roman villas, virtual reality

Over the last two years 2017-2018 near to Blagoevgrad has been excavated the largest archaeological site in Bulgaria. This is a large Roman villa (an area of over 30 decars), with production centers for ceramics, metal and other materials, its family tomb and part of the nearby village. The chronology is I-VI c. AD. There we found also the roman military diploma from the year 74 AD. The villa is located on the route of the new highway from Bulgaria to Greece. That is why it is imperative to include all new technologies for digital documentation and repairs in these rescue excavations. In order to save these archaeological structures, which will soon be lost on the field, our large team carried out a complete photogrammetry of architectural complexes from the site, aerial photography, orthophotography and graphic reconstructions, a complete virtual tour of the separate premises of the villa and the tombs. The main idea of the scientists, excavating the villa, is to create a new museum (in situ), along the highway, on that part of the site that will be preserved. This museum, which will expose the tombs and large parts of the villa, will provide virtual tours of the complex, exposed finds, graphic reconstructions, and most of all 3D visualisation of the villa complex.

Relevance for the conference: The conference allows us to present this new object in the best way to preserve it
Relevance for the session: Tne virtual reality is the only way to keep Roman villa data in the way it is discovered
Innovation: In the case of the Roman villa for the first time in Bulgaria, all these virtual reconstructions are carried out
Virtual reality, roman villa