In the fall of 2007, I participated in a project with the UC Berkeley archaeology department under the guidance of Professor Ruth Tringham. Our team created a virtual reconstruction of Catal Hoyuk--a neolithic settlement in what is now Turkey--in Second Life.
The team purchased an island in "Linden dollars" (the currency of Second Life) and terraformed it according to actual topographical data. Some team members 3D-modeled a museum, housing, an excavation site...even a campfire. My roll in the project was to go through archives of video clips and select footage to place in site-specific locations. For example, footage of excavating a child skeleton was placed in the virtual location that corresponded with the actual location where a child skeleton was unearthed. I also created a 5-minute video for our in-world virtual film festival. The piece, called In Search of the Leopard's Spots, was a mash-up of found footage from the archaeology department archives and animations that I created on top of it.
(Please be advised that Second Life is an age 18+ multi-user gaming environment where users police each other. Ours island is listed as an education site in the SL registry, so it should be all-ages friendly. However, one never knows what might wander in...)
To learn more about Catal Hoyuk, see the "Remixing Catal Hoyuk" link to the right, created by UC Berkeley's BACH team.