Friday, 10 October 2008

Digital Karnak Project Website Launch

Digital Karnak Project Website Launch

The Digital Karnak Project is pleased to announce the launch
of its website:

The Digital Karnak Project, based at the University of California
at Los Angeles (UCLA), aims to make the ancient Egyptian site
of Karnak more accessible to students and instructors in the
English-speaking world. The features of this website have
been designed to provide college classrooms (and the interested
public) with easily accessible, up-to-date, expert material relating
to the famous temple of Amun-Ra at Karnak, located in
modern day Luxor, Egypt.

The website features a geographically-referenced "time-map"
highlighting the areas of the temple under construction during the
reign of each Egyptian king, thematic videos of a 3D Virtual Reality
model of the temple along with corresponding instructional texts,
individual descriptions of each temple building recreated on the
Virtual Reality model and a fully interactive Google Earth version of
the model. We hope educators and students will use these free digital
resources to more effectively teach and learn about the complex
spatial and chronological changes that took place during the 1500
years of building activity at Karnak temple.

The Digital Karnak Project website is best viewed using Mozilla
Firefox 2 (PC and Mac), Internet Explorer 7 (PC), and Safari 3 (Mac).

The Digital Karnak Project is funded by the National Endowment of
the Humanities (NEH) and the Steinmetz Family Trust. The project
was made possible through UCLA's Institute for Digital Research
and Education (IDRE). For more information on IDRE's Humanities,
Arts and Architecture, Social and Information Sciences Core
(IDRE-HASIS) visit

The Digital Karnak Project is directed by UCLA professors Dr. Diane
Favro and Dr. Willeke Wendrich.

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