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Giza 3D Travel Guide: The G 2100 Family Tomb Complex

Giza 3D Travel Guide:  The G 2100 Family Tomb Complex | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Giza 3D is the virtual world of the Giza Plateau reconstructed from the thousands of archaeological photographs, first hand sketches of artifacts and monuments in situ, dig diaries, aerial and satellite imagery, and all the resources the Giza Archives have to offer, “a real-time virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau, based on actual archeological data gathered by Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) expeditions to Egypt in the first part of the 20th century” (Forbes: “How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology”).

Here at Em Hotep we want to provide you with a set of travel guides to the virtual tours conducted by Peter Der Manuelian, where to go and what to see when you enter the free-style navigation mode that lets you wander around, and how to make the best of the many resources Giza 3D offers.  Join us for the first Travel Guide as we explore a series of three connected Fourth and Fifth Dynasty mastabas, the G 2100 Family Tomb Complex.


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Dimensions of ancient Egypt : Karnak project a cutting-edge approach to antiquity

Dimensions of ancient Egypt : Karnak project a cutting-edge approach to antiquity | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak isn’t the most famous ancient site in Egypt — that honor goes to the Pyramids at Giza — but newly developed reconstructions using 3-D virtual reality modeling make clear its architectural importance and rich history.

Elaine Sullivan, a visiting assistant professor, worked with her colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles, to digitize 100 years of analyses and excavation records to create an interactive historical document of the architectural phases of the Karnak temple.

Sullivan presented her work Wednesday in a Science Center lecture titled “The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak: 2000 Years of Rituals and Renovations in 3-D.”

“You can’t go back in time,” Sullivan said. “You can’t remove monuments that are still standing. But we can simulate it. We can reconstruct the objects and buildings that have been completely lost or destroyed to history.”

The Amun-Ra temple, which was active for more than 1,500 years, is a mega-temple, Sullivan said. “It was so extensive, and was added to by so many different kings, that it provides us with examples of structures not normally seen in every other temple in Egypt.”

The temple’s rich architectural features and history — its hypostyle hall and sphinx-lined processional; sacred pool and towering obelisks; the inner sanctum where the statue of Amun-Ra would have stood — are now available for multidimensional investigation.

What’s most important, though, said Sullivan, is to be able to think about specific moments in the history of an ancient site, “not just the last moment in time, that moment we see when we go to the site.”

The Karnak model depicts the temple from its earliest hypothesized form in the Middle Kingdom, about 1950 B.C., through the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. It allows the viewer to trace the changes of the temple over time, considering how each new stage of construction was a response to the existing landscape, Sullivan said. (Harvard Gazette)

 

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Egyptian Mummy's Elaborate Hairstyle Revealed in 3D

Egyptian Mummy's Elaborate Hairstyle Revealed in 3D | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Nearly 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was under the control of the Roman Empire, a young woman with an elaborate hairstyle was laid to rest only yards away from a king's pyramid, researchers report.

She was 5 feet 2 inches in height, around age 20 when she died, and was buried in a decorated coffin whose face is gilded with gold. A nearby pyramid, at a site called Hawara, was built about 2 millennia before her lifetime. The location of her burial is known from archival notes.

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High-resolution CT scans reveal that, before she was buried, her hair was dressed in an elaborate hairstyle.

 

"The mummy's hair is readily appreciable, with longer strands at the middle of the scalp drawn back into twists or plaits that were then wound into a tutulus, or chignon at the vertex (crown) of the head," writes a research team in a paper published recently in the journal RSNA RadioGraphics. They note that it was a popular hairstyle at the time, which may have been inspired by a Roman empress, Faustina I, who lived in the second century. [See Photos of Egyptian Mummy's Reconstruction]

 

Today, thanks to research and reconstruction work that includes high-resolution CT scans, anthropological analysis, 3D printing and facial reconstruction drawing, this woman, along with two other mummies, are being brought back to life. Their three-dimensional faces and hair, carefully reconstructed by professional forensic artist Victoria Lywood, of John Abbott College, are set to be revealed tomorrow (Jan. 25) at the Redpath Museum at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

In pictures sent to LiveScience the reconstructions appear vividly real in every aspect, from the tone of their muscles to the color and style of their hair. It looks like they could be people living today.

 

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How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology

How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Peter Der Manuelian, the Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology at Harvard University, teaches these classes in a dark room that holds up to 20 students. Rather than lecture from the front of the room, he sits in the back, wearing 3D glasses. His students stare at the giant circular 23-foot wall that has been custom-tailored to transport them into an accurate depiction of the famous Giza Plateau. (...)

It’s all happening at Visualization Center in the Earth and Planetary Sciences division, which is a great merger of technologies and different approaches to archeology. This project is the world’s first attempt to try to get a complete map, plan and model of the Giza pyramids.


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Festival 2013 du Center for Corporate Citizenship (Boston) : présentation d'une technique de modélisation 3D appliquée à la pyramide de Khéops

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La technique de modélisation en 3D mise au point par les techniciens de Dassault Systèmes a été appliquée notamment pour la reconstitution du chantier de construction de la Grande Pyramide de Guizeh, telle que formulée par l'architecte français Jean-Pierre Houdin.

 

Sur le Festival du Center for Corporate Citizenship : http://www.bcccc.net/index.cfm?pageId=2244

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