Cool! Petrie Museum at University College London Releases Interactive Online 3D Object Library of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts
UCL’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, which holds one of the top specialist collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the world, has launched an interactive online 3D object library, allowing visitors to view the artefacts in the same way as curators.
With funding from Arts Council England, the Museum is making high quality 3D images of artefacts from its collection available through a web-based library in order to improve remote accessibility.
Powered by cutting-edge photographic 3D imaging and scanning technology and WebGL interactive visualisation, the library allows visitors to rotate and zoom in on the 3D images of artefacts, catching fine details often not visible to the naked eye.
This is just the latest in a series of 3D interactives produced by the Petrie Museum.
It has previously released ‘Tour of the Nile’, a 3D augmented reality application for iPad. The Museum plans to expand the image library to include a section in which visitors will be able to learn the history of objects from their use in Ancient Egypt to their excavation in the 19th century to their present location in the Petrie Museum galleries through a series of 3D-enriched navigation tools.
3DPetrie is a collaboration with UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and business partner Arius 3D.
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