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Tuesday, October 29 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Keynote Speaker (with 3D projection) - Peter Der Manuelian

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Giza 3D: Digital Archaeology and Scholarly Access to the Giza Pyramids

Based on more than a decade’s work, the Giza Project at Harvard is blending older traditional archives (excavation photos, archaeological drawings, object metadata) with extremely realistic 3D visualization of the famous Pyramids, Sphinx, and surrounding tombs and temples just west of modern Cairo (3rd millennium BC). This seamless marriage of old and new provides revolutionary access to Giza, its statues, hieroglyphic inscriptions, architecture, and wall decoration. These are the primary sources for all aspects of ancient Egyptian civilization, cross-referenced and accessible, for scholars, teachers, students, and the world community. Real-time immersive models allow us to pose new research questions, provide revolutionary and interactive classroom instruction, and investigate diachronic approaches to Giza’s evolution over several millennia. The computer models provide unique perspectives that no archaeologist has previously enjoyed, such as from below ground, or soaring high above the Pyramids of the pharaohs. Finds are returned to their findspots virtually from collections the world over, for we can now restore their archaeological context. And simulations, from the sun’s interaction with the ancient monuments, to the scale of royal statuary adorning the temples, help us to understand the choices the Egyptians made in constructing this vast archaeological site. Whether over the web, or on large screens in university visualization centers, Giza 3D can resolve archaeological problems that were previously unsolvable even out at the site itself. This online digital “publication” serves as a heritage management resource, a unique teaching tool, and an archaeological repository. The Giza models and website illustrate the best practices for the recreation and exploration of ancient Egyptian culture during one of its most critical periods.



Moderators
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Maurizio Forte

Professor, Duke University
My last research work is at the intersection of cyber-archaeology (meaning the digital simulation of the past), cognitive archaeology and neurosciences. More specifically, I am interested to investigate how the information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations and material culture.

Speakers
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Peter Der Manuelian

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology - Director, Semitic Museum, Harvard University
Peter Der Manuelian received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 1990. In 2009, he was appointed the “Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology” at Harvard University. This is the first senior, tenured Egyptology chair at Harvard since the time of in 70 years. He joined the curatorial staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1987, and he was Giza Archives Project Director there from 2000–2011. In... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Villa Mediterranee - Amphitheatre

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