Virtual reality allows us to experience places that do not exist parallels of the past, present and future. In archaeology it may be said to correspond to some extent to a time machine which offers journeys to the past. This paper sets out to give a brief description of a reconstruction task already accomplished that used CAD software. The reconstruction in question involved the buildings which make up the Roman Villa of Freiria in Sao Domingos de Rana, Cascais, Portugal. The graphics procedures used in this research work are described, viz., archaeological survey of the structures carried out in the course of field work, conversion of data into digital format and three-dimensional modelling, criteria and limitations on the reconstruction of structures and, finally, analysis and manipulation of the space. Since the work is not quite complete the conclusions presented at the end of this paper relate to interim results and convey some concerns about the next developments to be implemented.
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