Digital Humanities and Ancient Egypt – Willeke Wendrich
Thursday 22nd June 2017
“Virtual Temples, Real Life Insights: Digital Humanities and Ancient Egypt”
Willeke Wendrich, Professor of Egyptian Archaeology & Digital Humanities; Joan Silsbee Chair of African Cultural Archaeology and Director of Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.
Computer game makers create fantastic landscapes and opulent buildings, often loosely based on ancient architecture and an orientalist imagination. Archaeologists also create virtual landscapes and buildings, but these often look less spectacular. Their purpose is very different as well: 3D Virtual Reality reconstructions enable us to represent what we know or what we speculate. They can show alternative theories and help us test out ideas. In this lecture Prof. Wendrich will show how Digital Humanities approaches and archaeological theory help us to better understand the past. This will be done by showing VR models of the famous Karnak Temple Complex and the Museo Egizio’s own Ellesiya temple.
Live streaming on facebook page (the video will be available on YouTube after the conference)