Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on how high-resolution documentation in 3D and color can be used to monitor change, study the surface in detail, disseminate information, and build exact facsimiles. It examines the history and condition of the tomb of Seti I and explains the delicate task of managing a site that has changed significantly since its discovery. While sometimes it is essential to undertake remedial action, the most important task is to record what we have. The Theban Mapping Project has created an important depository of information about the tombs. A goal is to add high resolution recordings to the existing database, making it a model for the management of cultural heritage. “High resolution” is explained in context and the process of digitizing (dematerializing) processing, archiving, and rematerializing the data is discussed. The recent making of an exact physical tomb facsimile from the data is evidence of its quality and value.
Keywords: documentation, 3D scanning, high resolution, proactive tourism, biography of objects, Seti I, Tutankhamun, Factum Arte, Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation, Friends of the Royal Tombs of Egypt
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