They develop a digital opening technique for Egyptian sarcophagi to avoid damaging the heritage

They develop a digital opening technique for Egyptian sarcophagi to avoid damaging the heritage


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Since the science of archeology was promoted in the 19th century and the study of the Ancient Age, especially Pharaonic Egypt, gained importance, reveal to the world the inside of the sarcophagi It has been a frequent and long-awaited practice and acclaimed by both the public and researchers. But nevertheless, Lightly opening graves carried certain risks to integrity and conservation both of them and of the inner bodies.

At that time science greatly limited archaeological techniques, but in the 21st century they have been modernized and state-of-the-art technology has been incorporated, thanks to which now it is possible to reveal the inside of the sarcophagi digitally with hardly any damage to the heritage.

An international group of museums, including the Manchester Museum and the Medelhavsmuseet (Stockholm) of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Antiquities, have scanned and digitalized Egyptian sarcophagi and their interior, thus allowing the opening of the same without having to touch the objects or damage the bodies.

One of them has been the Neswaiu priest, which is kept in the Medelhavsmuseet. Along with his royal remains a touch tablet that visitors can use to digitally explore them, open the sarcophagus and discover each of the layers that make up the tomb and the embalming, from the naked body of the priest to the covering of the sarcophagus. Thus, users will be able to access the information directly and in an interactive way, without the pertinent explanations of the experts.

The tablet was originally conceived as a way to facilitate learning for medical students to do autopsies, but when they began working with the British Museum this technology was applied to perform a virtual autopsy on 'Gebelein Man', a mummified Egyptian from about 5,500 years ago.

The body in charge of carrying out this ambitious project, which undoubtedly has revolutionized the way antiques are displayed to the public, has been The Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. According to its representatives, Neswiau's project has been the most ambitious of his career, bringing together all kinds of digitization techniques such as topographic and laser scanners.

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