Revival of an old exhibition

2013, we participated in one of the largest exhibitions about ancient Uruk ever made. We already reported in the same year about the exhibition and what it meant for us. It is now long gone, but recently, I read a post by the German Archaeological Institute (in German) about the virtualisation of that exhibition. Back in 2013, shortly before opening the exhibition, a team created a 360° photo documentation. With this virtual tour, you can actually jump through the exhibition from 2013 and read all the texts and watch all of our animations. It is quiet great actually and a good way of preserving old exhibititions.

Here is the link to the virtual tour:
You can buy the exhibition catalogue in German or in English.

3D Rendering of an animation of automated temple doors

Heron of Alexandria – A mastermind

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.

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Published: P.M. History

Cover of P.M. History 02/2021 

Pages 38/39 of P.M. History 02/2021

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.

3D printing in …large

3D print of the reconstruction of the White Temple

This 3D Print was made by 3DActivation (Wiesbaden) and measures 40 x 40 centimetres. This is a scale of 1:200. Photo: ©smac

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.

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Converting a visualisation model into a 3D print model

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.

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Published: Nile Magazine

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!

40 years of Qantir/Pi-Ramesse excavations!

Image by H. Franzmeier

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.

Published: A wonder to behold

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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!

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