3D modeling offers new possibilities for exploring both movement and change through time at historic places. With increasingly sophisticated modeling technologies, we can now virtually walk through ancient sites in "real time" and trace architectural and artistic changes over hundreds of years. Using a visualization of the famous Egyptian temple of Amun-Re at Karnak, this lecture will highlight how virtual reality tools are changing the way we investigate and present archaeological spaces.
Dr. Elaine Sullivan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She acts as project coordinator for the Digital Karnak Project, a multi-phased 3D virtual reality model of the famous ancient Egyptian temple complex of Karnak (http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Karnak/). An Egyptologist, Dr. Sullivan excavated for five seasons with Johns Hopkins University at the temple of the goddess Mut (Luxor, Egypt) and now excavates with UCLA at the Greco-Roman town site of Karanis (Fayum Oasis, Egypt). During her years as a post-doctoral fellow at UCLA, she focused on bringing emerging technologies into the undergraduate classroom as part of the Keck Digital Cultural Mapping Program and in the university’s new Digital Humanities minor.