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Storying wild landscapes: Multimodal interactions with digital app-based heritage

Smith, Thomas Aneurin ORCID:, Dunkley, Ria Ann ORCID: and Jones, Suzanna 2022. Storying wild landscapes: Multimodal interactions with digital app-based heritage. International Journal of Heritage Studies 28 (7) , pp. 803-819. 10.1080/13527258.2022.2086154

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Digital interpretation in wild and remote landscapes is hugely challenging, yet offers enormous potential for widening access to heritage in these settings. We provide a critical evaluation of the Walking with Romans app, developed by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, to interpret two Scheduled Ancient Monuments: Y Pigwn Roman marching camp and Waun Ddu Fortlet (c. AD78). Analysis of digital interpretation has paid less attention to social and multimodal interactions, the spatial experience of digital technologies, and the challenges of achieving successful visits at remote sites. We explore how visitor talk responds to interpretive content while also accomplishing everyday social interactions, such as demonstrating togetherness, by analysing video footage from visits. We find that visitors do a considerable amount of shared work to interpret archaeological features, including the use of talk and other multimodal resources of embodied conduct and the app itself. Visitors demonstrate that terrain underfoot is an important resource for interpreting features and remembering earlier interpretive content. Heritage interpreters could consider how everyday sociability and subtle responses to landscape and terrain are woven into the experience of interpreting landscapes to enhance visitors’ experiences of outdoor heritage sites.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1352-7258
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 1 June 2022
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2023 07:46

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