What is ArcheoTales?

ArcheoTales is an online application designed to facilitate the playful transfer of knowledge about archaeological and cultural heritage sites. It works as an interactive scavenger hunt that is intended to explore archaeological remains.

With ArcheoTales, operators of historical, archaeological and cultural sites, but also cities or tourism agencies, can send their visitors on a journey of discovery that allows them to explore the surroundings and learn about history, archaeology and culture in a fun and innovative way. This shifts the role of the user from passive consumer to active participant.

After onboarding to the ArcheoTales mobile app and choosing a specific exhibition site and hunt, users usually follow instructions that come in a chat-like style. The dialogical orientation of the app is an essential innovative component, allowing both users and cultural sites to learn from each other.

Allowing the user to explore and to interact with heritage at one’s own pace also enables the best possible, individualised acquisition of knowledge. Another key feature of the app is the detachment of the user experience from the classic exhibition space.

ArcheoTales can guide the visitors through a classic exhibition scenario, but it also offers the possibility to connect the experience with outdoor sites or even to take it into the public domain. ArcheoTales transforms the user’s smartphone into a potentially ubiquitous archaeology and/or heritage guide using gamification to immerse visitors in heritage presentations.

ArcheoTales was developed within ARCHEODANUBE co-funded by the European Union ERDF, IPA, ENI within the framework of the INTERREG Danube Transnational Programme.

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