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Step 2 - Moving about

 
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  1. You are now free to move about and interact with the virtual environment. By pressing the up, down, left and right arrows on your keyboard your avatar will move through space. Pressing the spacebar will cause your avatar to jump. If you want your avatar to look about, left-click your mouse and drag in any direction.
  2. Move towards the architectural features that are visible at the top of the hill as seen in the screenshot below. Very quickly the lines of wall-like features constructed of stone will become apparent. These are clearly man-made and in fact this whole area represents a reconstruction of the current remains at the site of Petsofa. You will also have noticed that there is a figure located in front of the remains. She is included in order for you to gain a sense of scale.

Looking up towards Petsofa

Looking up towards Petsofa
  1. You will soon become aware that the site does not exist in a vacuum. It sits within a large spatial arena that represents a real-world area of about 2km². Your avatar’s starting position is on the edge of a plateau to the south of the coastal plain of Palaikastro in East Crete. If you look across the bay to the north you can see the landmark of Kastri, a distinctive flat-topped hill which was used as a refuge site after the collapse of the hierarchical Aegean societies at the end of the Bronze Age, c1150-750 BCE (see the screenshot below). It is early spring and the sun is beginning to rise from the east over the sea. Among the olive groves of the lush plain below is located the ancient site of Palaikastro which has seen Minoan, Greek and Roman occupation. Again it is no harm reiterating that the plain is a representation of the Palaikastro region as it is found today. For ArcSeer, a system which strives to highlight the inherent subjectivity of all representational constructs, this initial environment is the closest approximation to objective fact that your avatar will meet. Even this, however, has been interpreted by the Petsofa project's designers and suffers to an extent from the same problems of being a product of context.

    A view from the top of Petsofa north onto the Palaikastro plain

A view from the top of Petsofa north onto the Palaikastro plain
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