UCLQ holds 3D expo on ancient artefacts

February 14, 2013 - 4:49:55 am



A section of the exhibition.

DOHA: University College London Qatar (UCLQ) has unveiled its inaugural exhibition entitled ‘3D Encounters: Where Science Meets Heritage’, allowing public access to 3D scanning technology of ancient artefacts for the first time. 

The 3D interactive exhibition is one of a series of activities that UCLQ is planning to increase public engagement and interest in cultural heritage and its preservation. The exhibition aptly takes place in the Qatar-UK 2013 Year of Culture, a year of festivities to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the two countries. 

The exhibition explores how 3D digital replicas of museum collections can be used to advance museum, archaeological and conservation practice. Using 3D visualisations of artefacts from UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, the exhibition offers a 360 degree view of ancient items that range from fragments of stone vessels and carved wooden hair combs to a skull of an ancient Egyptian ruler. 

Professor Thilo Rehren, Director of UCL, said, “UCL is leading the way in exploring the application of new digital technologies for the study and enjoyment of cultural heritage. Over the past five years, the Petrie Museum and UCL Department of Geomatic Engineering have worked together to examine the use of 3D imaging technologies, specifically photogrammetry and laser scanning to make museum collections more accessible and engaging for all.”

With the support of its commercial partner, Arius3D, UCL has helped improve the way 3D laser scanning technology can replicate heritage materials as well as develop end-user applications using 3D images. This exhibition presents these prototype applications to the public for the first time.      The Penisula

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