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President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Peter Der Manuelian (Project Director: July 2015 to February 2018)
The Giza Project: Consolidated Archaeological Reference Database II

Continued development of an online resource linking an archaeological archive with 3D visualizations derived from excavations at the Giza pyramids in Egypt over the past century and a half.  Phase one of the project, now complete, entailed development of a database; phase two proposes integration of 3D models into the database.

The Giza Project, a collaborative international initiative based at Harvard University, focuses on collection, electronic preservation, study, and presentation of documentary records from the world's most famous archaeological site: the Giza Pyramids of Egypt and their surroundings (3rd millennium BCE–present). The Project is one of extremely few to combine two major approaches to digital archaeology: digitizing archival collections and applying that primary data to visualize ancient monuments and lifeways in computer renderings. Work proceeds through two coordinated tracks: Data/Informatics (Track 1) and Modeling/Visualization (Track 2). Track 1 was the focus of a previously awarded HCRR grant. Incorporation into the database of Track 2's Project-generated archaeologically-accurate 3D computer models of monuments, objects, and individuals (as avatars) associated with Giza (as well as related source files and documentation employed in the construction of these models) is proposed here.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 10/31/2017