Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Egypt archives its monuments through aerial and terrestrial photography

Daily News Egypt

The Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has completed the first phase of its historical documentation process of monuments in the city of Habu in the western bank of Luxor using aerial and terrestrial photography.

The project comes as part of SCA’s plan to archive Egypt’s monumental areas that will also include the Pyramids and Saqqara.

“This project aims at using the advanced techniques of aerial and three dimensional photography in documenting and reconstructing the monumental areas and exploring new archeological sites,” Zahi Hawass, head of the SCA, said.

The SCA will also conduct research to enhance urban planning around archeological sites while studying the effect of sand storms, wind streams.

The research will entail suggesting methods to protect them from ecological and human threats especially underground and mineral water.

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