Abstract: The Temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak: 2000 Years of Rituals and Renovations in 3D

Lecturer: Elaine Sullivan

Famous for its hypostyle hall and its sphinx-lined processional, Amun-Re's Temple at Karnak is one of the largest, most spectacular archaeological sites in Egypt. Yet most visitors are unaware of the temple's complicated history. Founded in the Middle Kingdom by king Senusret I, important additions were made by later Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, Third Intermediate Period and Late Period, many of which no longer stand today.  Newly developed reconstructions using 3D Virtual Reality show the different architectural phases of the temple complex in four-dimensions, moving forward and back through time, allowing us to visualize and understand each phase of the temple’s history. 

The speaker, part of the development team for the Digital Karnak Project, will lead the audience through a virtual tour of the temple, helping to clarify the relationship between the built world of the temple and historical, political and social developments in Thebes and the Egyptian state.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

The Digital Karnak Project: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Karnak/

R. Wilkinson, The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt (2000)

R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, The Temples of Karnak (1999)

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