October 6, 2011

Visit Old Virtual Amarna

This from the Virtual Amarna Project's homepage:

The Official Website of the Amarna Project

The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna (or simply Amarna) was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.

Mission Statement

Working with the agreement and co-operation of the Egyptian government, and in particular the Supreme Council of Antiquities, the Amarna Project seeks to:

  • Explore by archaeology the ancient city of Amarna and its historical context

  • Preserve what is left of the ancient city

  • Promote study and recording of the history, archaeology and traditional life and crafts of the surrounding region

  • Increase public knowledge, at all levels, of the city of Amarna and of the surrounding region

I suppose the promotion of tourism is the raison d'être for the project. That said, it looks like another abnormally interesting time sink to me. Now, off to spend some more time at the ancient city of Virtual Amarna.

Via Ancient World Online

Posted by Duane Smith at October 6, 2011 4:21 PM | Read more on Archaeology |

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I'm definitely all for making visual models for the public. A picture is worth a thousand words.

It's a little antiquated however that they're commissioning physical models. Where are the 3d models? *Digital* visuals would be far more accessible by a wider range of people. But I suppose the physical models are a means to increase museum patronage and keep the money flow going. As you rightly say: "I suppose the promotion of tourism is the raison d'être for the project."

After thinking about 3d models, I just came across the Amarna3d project although it's not the kind of open resource I was imagining. A few interesting pictures at least but it would be nice to see something more like an open Google 3d Warehouse model along the same vein as my Etruscan temple that I attempted earlier this year.

For Amarna, Warehouse still only has a few projects and the museum doesn't seem to be putting this free online platform to good use to promote itself. I wonder why.

Posted by: Glen Gordon at October 9, 2011 9:49 PM

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