This week, I decided that I wanted to get another look at Ancient Egypt. As I was researching, I came across an article from the New York Times: Visiting Ancient Egypt, Virtually. “The result of that collaboration from Harvard and may other individuals 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.”
Make sure that you open the link in a Firefox Browser, otherwise the site will not load. It says that if you have 3D glasses you can even see it in 3D on your computer. But you do not need 3D glasses to interact with the site!
I decided to take a look at what the site had to offer. There is a short introduction, interactive sequence, but if you download the 3D driver, then you are able to have more interaction in the second half of the site.
It was fascinating to be able to interact with a site in Egypt without having to actually step foot in the country. One of my favorite parts of this interactive webpage is the ability to look through all of the artifacts found at all the sites and pyramids that are included. You are able to zoom in and out and rotate around the objects to get a closer look than you would be able to with a photograph. I was amazed that I was able to see the texture on some of the pottery that was included in the tomb of Hetepheres!
I hope everyone else enjoys this site!