Digital Saqqara - from bits of paper to bites of data
Scott Williams, PhD student at Cardiff University, will be talking about mapping the ritual landscape at Saqqara. While traditionally Egyptologists have relied upon published literature to understand this landscape, digital technologies are providing the opportunity to combine this paper-based media with GIS and field survey data to assemble an advanced multi-layered, three-dimensional representation of the complex funerary landscape of North Saqqara.
This three-dimensional simulation and representation permits new approaches to the study of landscapes which are no longer extant or accessible, allowing exploration and examination from different perspectives. These technologies continue to be underpinned by an academic framework through the application of the latest theoretical methodologies within archaeological GIS, and through this approach the geo-referenced landscape model will provide a digital research heuristic.