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Digital Past 2016

The Digital Past 2016 conference will be held in Llandudno on February 10th and 11th. Visit the website for more details: http://digitalpast2016.blogspot.co.uk/. I will be attending and presenting the following paper: Digital Saqqara – from bits of paper to bytes of data Traditionally Egyptologists have relied upon their extensive knowledge of published literature to understand…


Examining landscape

My time this past week has mainly been spent on editing my thesis chapters. When writing new material, I have been focussed on the use of the term landscape. We often hear people use such phrases as ‘the landscape is beautiful’ or ‘it’s a picturesque landscape’, and I have used the term ‘landscape model’ in…


Glossy black mastaba tombs

When visualising my landscape model I make use of Autodesk Infraworks 360, a comprehensive infrastructure design suite used to create and render data-rich 3D models. With the latest release of the software I had begun to notice that structure models created in CAD were rendering as a glossy black when imported as DWG data sources…


Autodesk software and Windows 10 – a cautionary tale

The upgrade to Windows 10 notification had been bothering my laptop and workstation for a while so I decide to do some research to determine if it was in my interests to upgrade my OS at this point in time. The general consensus appeared to be that Windows 10 was a vast improvement upon Windows…


Modelling a mastaba

Tomb 3505 – from paper-based plan to digital 3D model. When I am creating a model of a structure I generally begin with the feature plan in the excavation report or published volume. With regards to the archaic mastaba tombs at North Saqqara the published works of W.B.Emery are authoritative. In the construction of mastaba…


Welcome to Digital Saqqara

Having returned from the International Congress of Egyptologists XI I felt enthused enough to create a blog to preserve a record of my trials and tribulations whilst undertaking my PhD. The conference was set in the picturesque city of Florence, Italy, and was hosted at the Universita Degli Studi Firenze, situated close to the Museo…