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During the exhibition “Uruk – 5000 years of the megacity” an animation of the Seleucid Bit Resh was displayed. We updated our website with the animation, or you can watch it right above!

During the Uruk exhibition, that was displayed in Berlin and Herne during 2013 and 2014, we presented a detailed reconstruction of the Old-Babylonian palace of Sin-kashid. The nearly five minute long animation shows different parts of the palace and includes actual finds from the excavation.

If you want to finally see the animation on our website, you can do so now! Just click the link below and find the video on the right sidebar of the page.

Uruk Visualisation Project: The Sin-kashid palace

From the 11th to the 13th of November, the conference about “Cultural Heritage and New Technologies” were held for the 18th time in Vienna. I took part with a contribution about the Uruk visualisations and more importantly, how we should perceive and communicate virtual reconstructions.

I learned really a lot the last few days. I was actually not aware what Photogrammetry is capable of and how detailed and effortless one can document and visualise an archaeological trench or distinct features. A very impressive presentation was given by Andrea Braghiroli, who used actually very simple methods to document a small temple-shrine in 3D. The results were very impressive and as far as I understood, it was all done with freeware.

Another interesting talk was given by Isto Huvila, who talked about the usability of information and did this by the simple example of a ball-point pen. He demonstrated, that even with something we already know, it is very difficult to attribute function to it. Why should we do this more correctly with archaeological data, which we definitely know less?

Mohammad Nabil from Egypt presented a very good way of utilising 360° panoramic views for heritage documentation. When you record in 3D it obviously is always a problem, that the sun creates uneven illuminated faces. If you record over a period of time, the sun moves and the photographs become very inhomogeneous. By simply recording at different times and overlay the pictures on top of another, he overcame that problem very easily.

These are just a few examples of the talks I have heard, but the general tendency of the conference was different kinds of data acquisition. As impressive as that was, in my opinion it lacked the theoretical background. As I am no specialist in data acquisition, one could argue, that the theoretical background is already in everybody’s mind. Still, I missed at least some remarks about the meaning of that technology for archaeology and a theoretical background for using it.

Nevertheless, I had a very interesting and informative time. I realized that, although it was not a very big conference (maybe 60 people?), all the specialists for that topic from around the world were summoned here. It was a bit nerdy some times, but in a very good way.

The first week of the exhibition was pretty eventful. First, the opening was a full success, many have come to get a first look at the exhibition. We were very happy that everything was ready and of course that our animations were running smoothly. We got a lot of congratulations for which we are very thankful. After five years of work, this feels pretty good.

The press did pick up the exhibition as well and some of them mentioned us or used our graphics. The Tagesspiegel, FAZ, Die Welt and Die Berliner Morgenpost are the ones that we are aware of. We already know, that there will be more. For example, the next issue of the “Antike Welt” will have several articles about Uruk and of course graphics of us. We will keep you posted.

It doesn’t look like much, but these are actually the results of five years of work. The five animations are finally done and ready to implement into the exhibition “Uruk – 5.000 years of the megacity“, which will be open to the public on the 25th of April 2013 in the Pergamonmuseum Berlin. Tomorrow, we will be heading to the museum to test the animations on location, but we are very confident, that everything will be fine.

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