AHMA Colloquium - 3D Printed Replicas vs their Originals for the Study and Preservation of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities

Lecture | April 18 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 308A Doe Library

 Rita Lucarelli, UC Berkeley

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

This paper is part of a larger lecture series entitled "Digital Humanities and the Ancient World." The series is co-sponsored by the Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology (AHMA) Colloquium and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

The recent development and use of 3D scanning technologies and photogrammetry to reproduce ancient artefacts kept in museums has changes our view on the concept of replicas vs their original. 3D digital artifact models and prints can play an important role to help museums to promote their collections worldwide. 3D digital and printed replicas of various ancient Egyptian antiquities, from statues and busts to coffins, stelas and other magical objects, are becoming increasingly popular on the web as well as in museums kiosks and shops. This lecture will discuss issues and challenges related to replicas and copies in the study and fruition of the ancient Egyptian heritage, including questions of intellectual property rights and accessibility of the virtual platforms where the replicas are shared, through the example of the 3D models of ancient Egyptian coffins produced for the “Book of the Dead in 3D” project housed at the University of California, Berkeley.