The project aims at the diagnosis, documentation, and demonstration of the rescue excavations by developing an innovative methodology that will be immediately exploitable by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Evia - which can be used by other Ephorates of Antiquities and similar actions in Greece and abroad. The results of the innovative methodology will be displayed through a demonstrative installation at the premises of the Archaeological Museum of Chalkida "Arethousa", offering to the people the opportunity to follow and participate through virtual reality in life-saving excavations in the region of Evia through an open-view laboratory whose content will be continuously enriched by new life-saving excavations. Visitors to the pilot installation, apart from the experiential experience of participating in rescue excavations, will be able to visit virtual archaeological sites, make a tour and study their findings even though they cannot visit them in the real world since they are no longer accessible since they are in progress or technical works have been done over them.
The project will enrich the scientific community's tools for approaching and documenting rescue excavations, taking into consideration issues related to their specific characteristics, such as the limited, usually pressing, duration of the rescue excavations, their partially revealed space, which is determined and imposed by factors external to the archaeological data, and, consequently, the fragmentary nature of the archaeological information they provide (through the fragments (usually archaeological discoveries) for wider areas that in the past may have constituted spatial units, the rotation of archaeologists, the excavator subjective assessment, the limited time of processing and documentation of the excavated data, and limited opportunities for demonstration.
The methodology was piloted in two rescue excavations at Manika and Castella in Evia, creating the first documented 3D data available for the future researcher. Every excavation that takes place in the geographical area of the Ephorate will be documented with this innovative methodology, will constitute a new 3D digital educational application and will be presented to the visitors of the museum, offering them an opportunity to experience the progress of the excavation.