Fresco from Room 15, showing virtual restoration
by Martin Blazeby.
© King’s College London, 2011
Digital model of the current state of Room 87.
© King’s College London, 2011

King’s Visualisation Lab, in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, has worked closely with the Oplontis Project team at the University of Texas at Austin and the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei e Napoli to complete a navigable, three-dimensional digital model of Villa A at Oplontis, fully documenting its setting, architecture, and decor.

This interactive, real-time model was created between April 2008 and September 2011 with support from the University of Texas at Austin, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Leverhulme Trust (UK). The model allows users to move freely through the Villa, and to link to the Oplontis Project’s integrated online database, containing extensive documentation of archaeological and archival sources. It also permits viewers to switch between the Villa’s current architectural state and a version with hypothetical restorations of many of its wall paintings. Additionally, a virtual visitor can study the impact of lighting conditions at different times of day.