Heritage Virtually: Preservation and Narration of Egyptian Culture in Extended Realities

Lecture by Luke Hollis, Founder, Archimedes Digital

  • 6:00 p.m.Cairo Center
  • ARCE Cairo Center2 Midan Simón Bolívar, Garden City
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Using advanced methods of preservation with 3D scanning, we can tell the histories of our shared traditions like never before through storytelling in virtual and augmented reality. Through Archimedes Digital‘s partnership with the Giza Project at Harvard University, we enable researchers to tell the narratives of the Pyramids and Giza Necropolis both in a VR headset for classrooms around the world and on-site in Giza in AR. 

Now, with imagination of the archaeologists and researchers that work in Giza, we can show these monuments as they would have appeared millenia ago. This lecture will feature interactive demos exploring the history of the Pyramids, the Tomb of Meresankh III, the Sphinx, and the Dream Stele of Thutmose IV, which were developed for the Giza Project, as well as give a sneakpeak of upcoming work with ARCE to archive historic sites in Cairo and Luxor. 

About the Speaker

Luke Hollis is the founder of Archimedes Digital, a not-for-profit digital humanities startup based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA focused on preserving and offering access to our shared cultural heritages. He is currently working on projects in Egypt in partnership with the Giza Project at Harvard University and the American Research Center in Egypt. Archimedes has partnered with archaeological and historic sites in over 30 countries to digitally record and share our histories so that they can inspire and inform the next generations for years to come.