Last Monday 12th December we presented at the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria (MUPAC) our virtual reality application developed for the Hornos de la Peña cave (San Felices de Buelna, Cantabria) thanks to the research funded by the Government of Cantabria and the Proof of Concept Project “LidArt” funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
The aim of this application is to facilitate the visualisation of the graphic motifs of the cave to all those inexperienced tourists who wish to visit it, being a support tool for the guides of the cave. Thanks to it, and through mobile devices, visitors to the Hornos de la Peña cave will be able to see in situ and in great detail the engravings on its walls, sometimes invisible to the naked eye.
Olivia Rivero, principal investigator of this project, explained the development and implementation of the application at a press conference in which the Vice-President of Cantabria and Regional Minister for Universities, Equality, Culture and Sport, Pablo Zuloaga, the Director General for Cultural Heritage and Historical Memory, Zoraida Hijosa, and the Director of the Prehistoric Caves of Cantabria and the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, Roberto Ontañón, also took part.
The technological development of the application has been carried out by the company Cinemedia & Heritage, and the future objective is to implement this technology in new sites containing rock art throughout Spain.