Archaeological Sandbox

The Archaeological Sandbox is a Tangible User Interface (TUI) for exploring digging sites and archaeological artifacts. It is developed for being used in the context of museums that want to reveal the relation of exhibited artifacts and the archaeological place of excavation they have been found at. Using a short throw projector, a geographical map of a digging site is projected onto the surface of a box filled with sand. The map contains hints for hidden excavation places. When a user digs at one of these hints, information about the corresponding place is shown on a second screen. If the user keeps digging, further information about the artifacts found at this place is additionally displayed.

The development was demonstrated at the Mensch & Computer 2017 conference in Regensburg, where it won the Best Demo Award.


  • Independent development

Further information


Jürgen Ziegler

Full Professor

Further contributors

Benedikt Loepp


Johannes Kunkel



Eine Sandbox zur physisch-virtuellen Exploration von Ausgrabungsstätten

Biefang, K., Kunkel, J., Loepp, B., and Ziegler, J. (2017). Mensch und Computer 2017: Workshopband. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.