Interactive Digital Media Presentation of Butmir Neolithic Culture

The most prominent cultural wealth of Bosnia and Herzegovina is considered to involve the remnants of medieval cultures in the region and notable architectural heritage of the Ottoman rule. Cultural richness of Celtic, Slavic, Roman,Illyrian and even older civilizations that had existed in this area had not been preserved largely, whereas their greatest achievements have remained unexplained, thus being subject to numerous research analyses conducted, at intervals, since 1893 until nowadays.

Prompted by paying contribution to all the research through its promotion I have begun exploring the oldest archaeological findings in the region of Sarajevo and its surrounding area. The existence of archaeological findings from the Neolithic era in the vicinity of Sarajevo and their insufficient visibility were central to my interest. The latest research of the Neolithic era, specifically, of the Butmir Culture carried out by local archaeologists in collaboration with German experts, has produced precise dating of the Butmir Culture and placed it in the period between 4500 - 5200 BC. The precise dating has been established through carbon analysis at laboratory in Utrecht. Such findings have significantly increased the value of the Butmir Culture in the world’s history for all the dating analyses of the Butmir Culture conducted so far without the carbon segment had positioned this culture in the period between 2200 - 2400 BC. 

The world’s and our national literature on the Butmir Culture as well as on the relevant archaeological findings remain within the incorrect world’s prehistoric period, still causing the Butmir Culture to be incorrectly dated today as part of the official presentations of the B&H history. The project of Interactive Digital Media Presentation of Butmir Neolithic Culture will offer a contemporary and innovative approach to the presentation of these valuable cultural heritage artifacts.  We will achieve the interactivity in displaying these objects by synthesizing images, video clips, 3D models and by using Flash technology. The intention is to exhibit original photographs of the most important objects in parallel with their 3D model versions that will be rotating horizontally by 360 degrees, thus enabling the user to observe those objects from multiple angles. This kind of virtual museum presentation will raise the awareness of the public and promote our cultural heritage through Internet all around the world.

Link to the project web site.