LECTURE: 21st Century Digital Technologies meet Pharaonic Information Systems in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Find us
Dr. Peter Brand
Saturday January 9, 2016 1:30 p.m
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana - Norma Kershaw Auditorium, Parking is $6, refundable with validation from Tangata Restaurant.
In this presentation, Dr. Peter Brand explores the hieroglyphic inscriptions in the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak in the precinct of Amun-Re. Using 3D modeling and digital imaging, Dr. Brand has spent many years recording these ancient texts and scenes on this forest of 134 giant sandstone columns, a marvel of Pharaonic engineering covering an area of 50,000 square feet. Many of these massive columns are more than 10 meters tall and three meters in diameter. Each is blanketed with extensive hieroglyphic texts and layers of elaborately carved scenes representing kings and gods. This dazzling array of ancient historical records has long daunted visitors and even scholars attempting to decode the complex three-dimensional matrix of ancient Egyptian history and culture, here preserved on a gigantic scale.
One of the most visited ancient sites in Egypt, the Great Hypostyle Hall is believed to have been constructed by Pharaohs Sety I and Ramesses II around 1300 BCE. It follows a specific architectural style: roofs constructed with bridging lintels of stone, supported by rows of columns of the same height, with a central aisle of larger columns, supporting a raised ceiling with large stone windows allowing sunlight to filter down to the sacred space within.
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.