COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition

Digital Karnak by COSI
April 28, 2009, 10:00 am
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Author: Josh

Just heard about a very cool tool that’s been developed by UCLA’s Experiential Technologies Center (ETC) in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design: Digital Karnak.

We had the opportunity to visit Karnak when we were in Egypt, and it is amazing. Forgive me if I sound like a guide book, but the Great Hypostyle Hall is absolutely breathtaking: 12 seven-story columns and 122 four-story columns. Walking through the hall, it felt like it went on forever. We got some wonderful pictures of our guide’s niece and nephew inside the hall, some of my favorites from the trip.



But the part of Karnak that’s open to the public is only a portion of the entire temple complex. Digital Karnak walks visitors through a stage-by-stage recreation of the entire temple complex, from the original two acre temple to the final 69 acre temple complex. The additions to Karnak took place over a period of almost 2,000 years during the reigns of such pharaohs as Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and Ramesses II. Digital Karnak helps to give a better picture of how those changes affected the layout and function of the site, and its creators hope it will be an incredibly useful tool for Egyptologists.

Plus, it’s just a very cool site. Be sure to check out the virtual flythroughs!




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