While people think about getting to Mars these days, 2.000 years ago, the Greeks were thinking about steam machines! One in particular, Heron of Alexandria (c. 10-70 CE), was very inventive and developed (maybe the first) steam engine! A true genius that is. While he invented a lot of other things, one of his inventions described by him offers a mechanism to open temple doors automatically. This must have been very mysterious at the time.
Three images have been published again and we are so happy about it. P.M. History (self-acclaimed Europe’s largest monthly magazine for history) has published an issue about Mesopotamia. In the issue 02/2021, three images of Uruk have been used in an article by Manuel Opitz about the birth of the city. Besides some other illustrations, our 3D renderings do look good.
The preparations for the upcoming exhibition in Chemnitz are on the way. A while ago, I presented my own 3D print of a 3D model I made a while ago. For the exhibition however, the print needed to be a little bit larger, in order for people to really see and touch. So they printed the model in 40 x 40 centimetres, which corresponds to a scale of 1:200. It looks really nice and I am happy to see our work presented in this exhibition.
Not all models are the same. When we create 3D visualisations, we build (model) these virtual data in a way, that is helpful to us when creating stills or animations. Sometimes, we build only certain views and sometimes we need to be very exact when we create our models and add a lot of detail. It all depends on the use in the end. So a while ago, we reconstructed the White Temple of Uruk for the big Uruk exhibition of 2013/14. The model did get reused even in for the Ana Ziqquratim exhibtion in Strasbourg in 2016.
Our reconstruction of the Royal Stables at Pi-Ramesse was published in the current issue of the British NILE Magazine (March/April 2020). It is used within an article about Piramesse. We are happy that our graphic was used and are happy to share this here!
A couple months ago, I had a presentation about the reconstruction of Pi-Ramesse in Berlin, together with the excavator Henning Franzmeier. The lecture, that was organised by the Berliner Antiken Kolleg, was recorded and is now available on YouTube. If you speak German, you can listen and look at it right here.
This year, the excavations in Qantir/Pi-Ramesse get 40 years old. This is a remarkable age for an excavation in our days and so the Roemer-Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim decided to celebrate this today. The whole day is filled with a programme where you can listen to the former excavator Edgar B. Pusch as well as the current excavator Henning Franzmeier. Both present their results and plans and it is possible to get into a dialogue with both of them.
On top of that, we spotted our own reconstruction of Pi-Ramesse in the exhibition playing on a monitor, so people visiting the museum today, will get to see that too. We also know, that there is a LEGO replica of our reconstruction in the exhibition and we will try to get an image of that.
I am very happy to announce, that I edited a volume on digital teaching and learning and it came out just a couple days ago! Way back I reported that I will give a presentation on a symposium that I organised at the University of Cologne in Germany. The publication is the outcome of that symposium, where I also wrote a chapter on the challenges of archaeological reconstruction.
From November 2019 to May 2020, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in association with Princton University, showcased an exhibition called “A Wonder to Behold: Craftmanship and the Creation of Babylon’s Ishtar Gate”. This book is the exhibtion catalogue and features one of our images!
Nearly one year ago, I reported, that I am working on a volume of interdisciplinary and international scholars concerned with the topic of monumentality. Well, it is out now! You can either buy a printed copy or read the free open access PDF of the volume. Just head over to the publishers website, where you will find both.
Together with the excavator Dr. Henning Franzmeier, I will be giving a presentation at the Freie Universität Berlin on the 19th of December 2019.
For the 50th anniversary issue of “Antike Welt”, a German Special-Interest magazine about archaeology, several reconstruction projects had been asked to contribute their recent results in form of a short article. The topics cover Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome and many more. 24 projects are combined in this extraordinary issue. We have been asked to contribute with two projects and while skimming through the issue, we recognized, that even a third project is presented.