Thursday, February 19, 2015

Missions working in Egypt, Aswan: American-Belgian archaeological mission turns King Cheops petroglyphic engravings into 3D inscriptions

An Egyptian archaeologist touches up the seam on a relief showing royal 
cupbearer or butler Ptah Em-Wia arriving home to greetings from his 
juniors in the Sakkara necropolis, south of Cairo , 20 February 2007.
The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry said in a statement on Monday that an American-Belgian archaeological mission succeeded in converting the digital images of the petroglyphic engravings of King Cheops in the far southern desert of Aswan into three-dimensional inscriptions.

Cheops was a pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty (2613-2494 BC) known as the builders of the pyramids.

Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said the inscriptions shed light on the activities of King Cheops in Upper Egypt, adding that the archaeological documentation of these inscriptions with a new technology is of great importance.

Dirk Hoag of the Brussels Arts and History Museum said the new technique facilitates the copying of petroglyphs, explaining that the engravings were digitally captured from various angles and merged into accurate three-dimensional models on a computer tablet.

He added that the engravings include a large plate dating back to 3500 BC, a boat led by a falcon, an inscription with the name of Horus and plate bearing the name of King Cheops.

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