In 2009 I was part of a Factum Arte team under the direction of Adam Lowe. We spent several weeks recording the tomb in 3D and high resolution photography. It looks like the data we recorded was used to establish the possibility of some hidden chamber(s) in the tomb, and that these chambers might link to Nefertiti’s tomb. Archeologist Nicholas Reeves studied our data to support his theory. A great story to follow.
A team of Factum Arte worked these last weeks to finally install the replica next to carter House at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt.
Read the news linked below.
Financial Times Magazine
Sciences et Avenir
BBC Travel Show week 18
The tomb was recorded in 2009 by Piers Wardle and Gregoire Dupond (photographic data), Pedro Miro (3D data) and Naoko Fukumaru and Adam Lowe (color references), and this data can be viewed here. The making of the replica involved all staff at Factum Arte.
We are all thrilled that the replica could finally be installed in the location and conditions that were thought out by Adam Lowe since the beginning of the project.
Visit Luxor and when you do don’t forget to visit the replica.
In the spring of 2009, a team of Factum Arte composed of Adam Lowe, myself, Pedro Miro, Naoko Fukumaru, Alicia Guiaro and Piers Wardle travelled for two month to Luxor, Egypt, to record the walls of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings for the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Pedro Miro had scanned the walls in 3D using structured white light technology while Piers Wardle and myself had scanned some parts of the wall with a 3D laser scanner and photographed the entire tomb walls at a resolution of 400dpi. Naoko Fukumaru, as an experienced conservator, was responsible for assessing the condition of the tomb while we worked and record manually thousands of samples of colour from the walls. Alicia Guirao was documenting our work in photographs and videos.
We left Luxor with a lot of raw data. Pedro Miro then processed the 3D data and I was responsible for the processing and stitching of all the photographic data to produce image files for the walls. A team of 4 people worked under my supervision to produce these files. I then prepared this high resolution image viewer so the result of this work can be easily seen and browsed.
The data was also used to produce an amazing fac-simile of the tomb that is due to be installed at the entrance of the Valley of the Kings in the next few weeks after spending 2 days in Cairo. More new about that very soon.
More information about this project can be seen on Factum Arte website.
High resolution image viewers of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.