Home » Latest News

When 3D digitalization meets Egyptian mystique

by Sun Zheng

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Intriguing as they are, mystiques in the ancient Egypt have always been hard to reach, both geographically and comprehendingly.

Modern 3D digitalization technology could solve the problems and probably come up with infinite potentials to our understandings and explorations of the ancient past.

The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm of Sweden is to open a permanent exhibition on ancient Egypt on Saturday, offering visitors an interactive experience of "reproducing" the mummy with the help of modern technologies including the latest 3D digitalization.

With main focus on the long and well-known Pharaonic Era, the exhibition will emphasize the continuity in the history of Egypt, which takes the visitors on a journey through 7000 years of the country's history.

A part from more than 1600 objects to be on display, new films and 3D technology will help to shed new light on ancient Egypt, depicting the environment in which the objects once belonged to, featuring the voices and thoughts of the people who created them and used them.

"New technology enables us to describe the health and fate of individuals, as well as ancient Egyptians' beliefs about the afterlife," said Sofia Haggman, Director of the Museum.

On the exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to carry out a detailed study of the mummies' interior and exterior with a tough-sensitive digital table, as the mummies and their coffins have been fully documented in 3D.

This experience has been made possible through a unique 3D digitalization project where an exact virtual copy of the mummy has been created by computed tomography (CT), 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry.

The complex data from the CT scanning and the 3D surface scanning have been combined in Inside Explorer, the interactive visualization touch table, which creates a photorealistic digital representation of the mummy.

Thus the digital table will enable the visitors to take a closer look at the mummy Neswaiu, peeling back layer after layer and revealing the amulets that lie hidden under the layers of linen.

Also, thanks to the 3D printing technology, the visitors will be offered the experience to touch and hold an exact copy of the golden amulet, which was embedded in the mummy.

"With this project, we hope to inspire museums to work with 3D digitals, interactive visualization and 3D printing to make their collections accessible in a new way," said Thomas Rydell, with Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, which led the development of the project with the museum.

Meanwhile, on the website for children of the Museums of World Culture, an online game on the topic of Egyptian history can be downloaded and the children can visit an Egyptian village, solve puzzles and find out more about Egypt through the ages.

The National Museums of World Culture is a Government agency under the Ministry of Culture, which documents and illustrates different cultural manifestations and conditions as well as cultural encounters and variations.

The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities is one of the museums that carry out the agency's activities.

  • 沪ICP证:沪ICP备05050403
  • |
  • 网络视听许可证:0909346
  • |
  • 广播电视节目制作许可证:沪字第354号
  • |
  • 增值电信业务经营许可证:沪B2-20120012

 

Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend