On May 5, 2012, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) opened their world premiere exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. This timely exhibition explores the Maya's sophisticated systems of language and time and the complex artifacts they created for their god-like kings. The exhibition also debunks the myth that the Maya predicted the end of the world would happen on approximately December 21st, 2012.
For this exhibition, Bluecadet created three interactives—two touchscreens and a multi-player touch table experience—and two immersive projections.
“Hunal Burial” is a multi-touch interactive where up to four visitors simultaneously explore a tomb from the ancient Maya city of Copan. Beginning with a 3-dimensional model that orients visitors to where the tomb sits within the site, an animated transition leads visitors inside the burial chamber. Through intuitive gestures, visitors wipe away the debris covering the burial slab to reveal the remains buried beneath. Users stand at one of four color-coded stations as they discover artifacts and uncover grave goods. Each station collects the users’ discoveries so that they can be revisited at any time. Visitors also use x-ray viewers to explore underneath the burial slab and uncover additional artifacts. By working collaboratively to find all of the artifacts, visitors ultimately discover the identity of the Maya king they have unearthed.