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Friday, May 30, 2014
News, Luxor: A Replica for Seti I & Nefertari Tombs after the Tut's Tomb Replica
high-tech copies of ancient archaeological sites can help preserve them. Lowe
is moving forward with the next phase of a project that started with King Tut.
Members of his Factum Arte team are going to teach local workers in Luxor, the
ancient capital, where the replica resides, how to do what they did—digitally
document sites and then rematerialize them.
more are on the drawing board: Seti I, said to be the largest and most
important tomb in the Valley, and Nefertari, said to be the most beautiful.
Historically, tourism has been a big source of income and foreign currency for
Egypt, but due to political chaos and explosions in Cairo, the numbers are way
down. It's a lot to ask of a replica to reinvigorate the market and eventually
attract half a million visitors a year. But that's the sacred wish.
response locally has been very emotional," Lowe said. "The people
realize this could be their future"—a source of jobs in the region for
years to come—"and have taken it on board. It could become a whole
has a vision of tourists actually wanting to visit the workshops where the
facsimiles are being made. He sees the Tut data being used to monitor decay in
the actual tomb. He sees scholars—or, especially, just anybody—diving into this
digital world and finding themselves unexpectedly deepened, as human beings,
and actually experiencing a personal link with antiquity. Read More......