Blocking Out Raritan Landing Virtual World Environment

Blocking out Raritan Landing virtual world environment

Our ongoing work with the Middlesex County Cultural Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution, New Jersey focuses on the use of 3D modeling and game engines to reconstruct the site of Raritan Landing, near modern-day Piscataway, New Jersey.

This project combines evidence from archaeological investigations and historical documents to virtually reconstruct this important port town. Raritan Landing was the farthest upstream port along the Raritan River. It is located across from New Brunswick and was occupied from the early 1700s until the mid-1800s. It is an important Revolutionary War site and the subject of intense archaeological study in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Screenshot of Raritan Landing virtual world environment facing east along River Road

Screenshot of Raritan Landing virtual world environment facing east along River Road

At present, the project encompasses a virtual world environment centered on the Cornelius Low House and warehouse. These structures were reconstructed based on HABS/HAER documentation of standing structures as well as documentary and archaeological data. Visit the virtual world environment here. Future work on this project includes modeling additional structures, the creation of augmented reality applications, and virtual reenactments of key scenes and persons related to Raritan Landing’s central role in the American Revolution.