Wednesday, July 16, 2008

More re 3-D model of Saqqara step pyramid

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Ancient Egypt Research Associates, Inc., the premier non-profit organization conducting original archaeological research and educational programs in Egypt, has collaborated with Egyptian and Japanese research and technology teams to generate the first 3-D model of Egypt's oldest pyramid, the Djoser Step Pyramid in Saqqara.

The Saqqara Laser Scanning Survey (SLSS) is part of the salvage archaeology and restoration of the Step Pyramid in the face of threats from centuries of erosion and the fragility of the stone and clay body of the pyramid, exposed after the protective outer casing was removed by stone robbers in ancient times.

The AERA team worked closely with Dr. Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), and a Japanese consortium to use large laser scanners to produce a three-dimensional map of every inch of Egypt's oldest pyramid and first gigantic stone monument. The team was led by Dr. Mark Lehner, Director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates; Dr. Zahi Hawass; Dr. Kosuke Sata of Osaka University; and Mr. Afifi Rohaim, of the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

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