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NEWS: Visiting Ancient Egypt, Virtually – Digital Humanities

(Source: Giza 3D).

“In a basement room at Harvard’s Peabody Museum complex, Peter Der Manuelian, an Egyptology professor, virtually flies students above the treeline into the Giza Plateau as it appeared in 2500 B.C. at the time of the pharaoh Khufu. ‘This is an outgrowth of more traditional work we were doing, trying to assemble all of the older documentation from Giza, which is probably the most famous archeological site in the world,’ he said.

‘We had all these old glass plate negatives and field notes dating back to the first Harvard/Museum of Fine Arts expedition’ in 1904, Dr. Manuelian said. ‘We were trying to make this material more usable, and we consulted with Dassault Systèmes, a French 3-D modeling company.’ (The company, a subsidiary of the Dassault Group, got its start by producing software to help design jet fighters.)


The result of that collaboration is Giza 3D , a wraparound virtual environment introduced in May that lets visitors eavesdrop on Khufu’s funeral rites, skim over the waves in the ancient city’s harbor, or drop down into a pyramid burial shaft that has not been visited by humans in more than 100 years. With input from scholars in Germany, the United States, Italy, Austria and Egypt, the project “is a completely new portal for doing research,” Dr. Manuelian said.” – via The New York Times.

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