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Erin Peters (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants
Public Programs

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Totals (outright + matching):
$29,962 (approved)
$29,962 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2017

Evaluating Digital Platforms for an Immersive Ancient Egyptian Experience

Development of an immersive digital platform for new exhibitions on ancient Egypt.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is applying for an NEH Digital Projects for the Public Discovery grant to initiate first-stage research and planning and produce a design document for an immersive virtual experience that will be central to the museum’s future exhibition, Egypt on the Nile. Discovery grant funding will allow the museum to investigate best possible options for the content and digital platform for the exhibit, which will virtually simulate a journey on the Nile in the royal funerary boat of pharaoh Senwosret III (c. 1887-1848 BCE), which was excavated at Dahshur and is currently in the museum’s Egyptian collection. This rare boat is one of only four known in museum collections excavated at Dahshur, and its study is important for scholarship in Egyptology, maritime archaeology, and art history. We propose to virtually recreate the boat’s original construction, use, and appearance, so it can be an emotive vessel for virtual travel in an immersive museum experience.